The biggest problem area to fix for the Detroit Tigers in 2023
The Detroit Tigers must be better in this area in 2023
The Detroit Tigers faced several challenges during the 2022 season and, surprisingly, pitching was not one of them. The offense was one of the worst in all of baseball and should be a top priority of fixes for the Detroit Tigers heading into the 2023 season.
The Detroit Tigers offense was just that, offensive. The Tigers ranked near or at the bottom of AL teams in terms of offense. The team as a whole struggled last season, with only a few bright spots in the lineup. Javier Baez was the main offensive contributor, and even his stats were below his averages. Baez is expected to once again be one of the main offensive contributors to the Detroit Tigers' offense this season.
Last season, Baez led the Tigers in home runs (17), runs batted in (67), doubles (27), and shared the lead in triples with Riley Greene (4). In order for the Tigers to be successful this season, many Tigers, including Miguel Cabrera in his last season, will have to step up. In the 15-team American League, the Detroit Tigers ranked last in runs, 13th in hits, 11th in doubles, last in home runs, and 13th in team batting average. Not one, but all of these offensive categories will need to improve.
One may wonder how to fix this. With general manager Scott Harris not in any hurry to add offensive weapons, the Detroit Tigers will have to do it in-house with the players they have, although that will be a challenge with Jeimer Candelario, Victor Reyes, Willi Castro, and Robbie Grossman not returning this upcoming season.
Much of the offense will have to come through Baez, Spencer Torkelson, and Riley Greene entering their second season, and Austin Meadows if he returns to the Tigers. Also, look for Cabrera to have a good final season as he heads into retirement.
Regardless of where the Detroit Tigers finish in the standings, they need to find a way for this offense to get better. Baez can do so much. Torkelson and Greene can only do so much. Everyone in the lineup needs to contribute if the Tigers have any thoughts of trying to get a Wild Card spot or at least improve in the standings.