Game 3 was the first game on their home field and provided an opportunity for the Tigers to get back into the series. The Tigers play much better at home. Their team average is 20 points higher at Comerica Park and they score nearly a run more per game at home compared to the road.
None of that mattered Saturday night. In the first five innings, the Tigers hit into two double plays and loaded the bases with one out, only to squander the opportunity. The result was a second straight 2-0 loss.
The Tigers are hitting .165 in the first three games of the series and have not scored a run in 18 consecutive innings. Odd for a club that finished top five in the A.L. in average, slugging percentage and on base percentage in 2012.
The Tigers are now 1-11 with runners in scoring position in the series. Much of the blame has been put at the feet of Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. True, the duo is 3-19, but the rest of the Tigers lineup is hitting .167. There is plenty of blame to go around.
There is no blaming the pitching staff though. Despite Verlander's struggles in Game 1, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez have pitched well enough to leave the Tigers up 2-1 at this point.
The Tigers offense will eventually come to life. Whether it is Game 4, or next season remains to be seen.