The Detroit Tigers subpar bullpen betrayed them once again today. For the second straight game, the Tigers pen surrendered an eighth inning scoring spree to Baltimore that cost their team the game. Detroit now trails the Orioles 0-2 in the ALDS.
The Tigers led the Orioles 6-3 going into the eighth inning today. When Joba Chamberlain came into the game for Detroit, he promptly gave up a run, making it a 6-4 game. After Chamberlain’s dismal performance yesterday, Tigers manager Brad Asmus decided he’d seen enough and pulled Chamberlain from the game in favor of Joakim Soria.
The Orioles wasted no time plating four runs against Soria. With a 7-6 lead in hand, Orioles closer Zach Britton held Detroit scoreless in the ninth, giving his team the win. The Orioles now hold a 2-0 lead that is typically damning in a best-of-five series.
If, or more likely when, the Tigers are eliminated by the Orioles, they’ll need look no further than the eighth inning of these past two game to see why. Their bullpen has surrendered an incredible 12 eighth inning runs so far in the series – eight yesterday and four today. You can’t win in the playoffs with that.
The Tigers’ bullpen was a problem all year. The team’s relief staff ranked 27th out of 30 teams with a 4.29 era. The only teams with a worse bullpen staff era – Houston, Colorado, and the White Sox – all finished either last or second to last in their divisions.
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