After two and a half months atop the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers have been knocked from their perch rather convincingly by a red-hot Kansas City Royals ballclub. Max Scherzer couldn’t stop the KC onslaught in an 11-4 victory.
- Well, they got ten hits. Plenty of baserunners. That wasn’t the problem.
- Blaine Hardy pitched a scoreless inning.
- J.D. Martinez had three hits.
Okay, let’s get to the fun part.
- I’ll be honest, I have no idea what Max Scherzer’s deal was tonight. His K/BB ratio in 4 innings was 5/1. The stuff was there. But he gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in four innings, including a seven run second with two homers. His BABIP had been inflated in the two starts before the complete game, too. I’m willing to chalk this one up as a fluke – he’d been better than his numbers reflected in those first two starts of June where he gave up 4 ER – but this was a real puzzler.
- Evan Reed is terrible and I’m guessing the only reason he’s still on the team is because Toledo doesn’t have any suitable replacements. Though they could have given Corey Knebel his mopup innings. Not sure what the difference is at this point.
- The Tigers hit into four double plays tonight. They could’ve scored more, but slow guys hitting ground balls with men on kind of keeps happening.
- Really not much to say here. It’s hard to win when your starting pitcher puts you in a seven run hole after an inning and a half, and it’s been happening alarmingly frequently over the last month.
The Tigers are back at it tomorrow afternoon with Drew Smyly opposing Jeremy Guthrie.