The Detroit Tigers Need an Outfield Reboot

The Comerica Park scoreboard in the middle of the sixth inning of Verlander's start on June 14, 2011. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The Comerica Park scoreboard in the middle of the sixth inning of Verlander's start on June 14, 2011. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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The 2021 Detroit Tigers need a lot of help. After 24 games they are sporting an 8-16 record, 29th in the league, ahead of just the Minnesota Twins at 7-15 who will get things together soon enough. The growing discontent is everywhere amongst Tigers fans, with even the often forgiving local media (subscription required) deeming the product on the field as unacceptable.

The Tigers according to FanGraphs, are dead last in baseball in fWAR with a -0.7. The slash line is rather cringe-worthy.  .192/.259/ .365 with a wRC+ of 75 and a strikeout rate of 30%.  The idea for help to see what is internal for options that could provide some sort of relief.

The problems are everywhere with the Tigers offensively, and it might be more fun to already dream about 2022 possibilities,  but today let’s take a look at the particularly inept outfield on the 26 man roster and my thoughts on how to at least shake it up for a more presentable and practical product now. Granted the solution may not be a whole lot better as there is not a whole lot to work with but standing pat is just not something that should be tolerated.

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