LAKELAND, Fla. — With an aging roster, the Detroit pitching staff may have to carry the Tigers this year for the team to be successful. If spring training serves as any indication of the pitching staff’s ability to shoulder that responsibility, the Tigers and their fans may be in for a long year.
Through the first 10 games this spring, the Tigers held a 3-7 record. In those games, they were outscored 67-38.
The slow start concerned manager Brad Ausmus, who, according to Evan Woodbery of mlive.com, addressed the team, focusing specifically on the poor performance of the pitchers.
“We’ve just got to pitch better,” Ausmus said. “They’re scoring double digits. We’re not pitching well.”
In Saturday’s game against the Yankees, the pitching staff showed its ineptness. The Tigers lost 11-1. The pitchers gave up nine walks in a game that took more than three-and-a-half hours.
“When you throw ball one, ball two, you go to 3-1, then 3-2, then you walk a guy,” Ausmus said.
The lack of control impacts players on the offensive side of the game as well.
“Not only does the poor pitching allow the other team to score runs, it hurts us offensively because guys are gassed from standing around,” Ausmus said.
Spring training games do not impact the regular season standings, but the Tigers need their arms to heat up before April.