Detroit Tigers first quarter report cards

General manager Al Avila watches the Tigers practice on April 7, 2022, at Comerica Park.
General manager Al Avila watches the Tigers practice on April 7, 2022, at Comerica Park. /
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The 2022 Detroit Tigers are grounded.

It’s safe to say Detroit Tigers fans weren’t expecting this. The team had a pretty strong offseason, with big free agent signings, a seemingly lopsided trade, and two of baseball’s best prospects ready to join the fold.

And yet here the Tigers are, 40 games into the season, with the worst offense in baseball, the worst defense in baseball, and the exact same 14-26 record they had at this point last year. Injuries have certainly played a role in this ugly start, but they don’t explain why the offense has completely fallen off a cliff.

There’s still plenty of time for players to turn things around, but with the team already 10.5 games out of first place, the once faint hopes for a playoff berth have disappeared. The time for excuses is over. Now, we judge.

Below you’ll find our grades for Detroit Tigers regulars over the first quarter of the season.

Detroit Tigers A Grades

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May 15, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal (29) pitches in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Tarik Skubal – Skubal isn’t just one of the few bright spots on the Detroit Tigers, he’s legitimately one of the breakout players in all of baseball in 2022. Detroit’s young lefty has increased his strikeout rate, lowered his walk rate, and quartered his home run rate from a year ago, and according to FanGraphs, he has been the 2nd best pitcher in baseball this season. It’s unfortunate the Tigers are playing so poorly because it’s preventing fans from fully enjoying what Skubal has done.