Why there should not be any surprise the Tigers are struggling offensively
|Cabrera: Hasn't been the same|
There is also the matter of Miguel Cabrera. He is not the same hitter after his injuries last year. His numbers are terrific compared to most players, but this is his worst season since or '08, or his second year in '04, depending on how you view the stats. Being healthy enough to play after major surgery is different than being fully recovered.
Torii Hunter still does have power. The Tigers missed it the last couple games. Austin Jackson was wildly inconsistent, but he was an offensive catalyst when right. It wasn't like David Price didn't come for an immediate offensive cost. Jackson was hitting well at the time of the trade.
Major League Baseball overall is offensively challenged. It's a different era. Certainly, the Royals, hot on the Tigers' tail in the AL Central, are no better offensively. But it is fair to suggest Dombrowski miscalculated by not addressing the Tigers' issues offensively based on a first half that was deceptive.
My column. This is anything but a meaningless preseason opener for the Detroit Lions: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140806/this-nfl-preseason-opener-is-anything-but-meaningless-for-the-detroit-lions-pat-caputo-writes