By the numbers: Why the Detroit Tigers are floundering
- One win, four losses - It is the Tigers home record so far against the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals, the two worst teams in the American League Central.
- 70 - The Tigers have hit just 70 home runs this season, which ranks 11th in the American League, and is just five more than the Royals, who are last with 65 home runs. Even with Prince Fielder replacing Victor Martinez and producing more HRs, and Austin Jackson hitting with more power, the Tigers are on pace to hit considerably fewer home runs than last season when they ranked seventh in the AL with 169 home runs. Of the top nine teams in the American League in home runs, eight have .500 or better records.
- 4.05 team ERA, 1.34 team WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) - The major league average in those categories is 3.99 for ERA (4.03 in AL) and 1.31 for WHIP (1.31 in AL). What does it tell you? For all the angst about the Tigers lack of offensive thunder this season, their pitching has been, at best, average.