5 Detroit Tigers players that have been horrifically unlucky this season

The Tigers have some players who have had some rotten luck this season
Sep 15, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson (20) runs
Sep 15, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson (20) runs / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Brendan White

Heading over to the bullpen, the Tigers' relievers have pretty much been either exactly as good as their peripherals would expect them to be or in some cases (looking at you, Tyler Holton and Alex Lange) even overperformed their expected stats. However, one Tigers bullpen arm that has had a rough run of luck is Brendan White.

While White has a 5.09 ERA in 33 appearances this season, his expected numbers are significantly better than that. His FIP is just 3.85 with his xFIP sitting right there as well at 3.88. HIs xERA is still 4.53, but that is still a half a run better than what he has actually put up in 2023. White needs to improve when it comes to giving up hard contact, but if he can take that step and still continue to get a lot of ground balls, he should be in good shape going forward.

Zach McKinstry

Another guy who doesn't have particularly high expectations on his bat is Zach McKinstry. The bulk of Zach's value at present is with his baserunning and his defense. Posting a 79 wRC+ in almost 500 plate appearances is never good. However, he had some decidedly and surprisingly poor fortune this year as well.

For a guy who can actually run, having a .285 BABIP is pretty low and we would expect something over .300 at least for a guy with his profile. Looking at his xWOBA and xBA, McKinstry has underperformed his .310 xWOBA by a full 23 points and his .243 xBA by 13 points. Zach may end up being a better hitter than many currently think especially if he can get that hard hit % of his up a bit.

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