Detroit Tigers: Offensive Struggles Put Pressure on Pitching to Get It Done

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 26, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers walks back to the dugout after he was tagged out at home plate in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Two of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 25, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Tigers scored 726 runs in the regular season, 11th in Major League Baseball.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, that offense hasn't shown up in the first two games of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.

The good news is that the Tigers also posted a 3.75 ERA in the regular season, ninth in baseball. And that pitching may have to get Detroit back into this series.

The Tigers have faced left-handers Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner this Fall Classic and they have three runs to show for it. They were shut out by the Giants in Game 2 on Thursday as Bumgarner pitched seven scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and notching eight strikeouts.

Detroit has left 17 runners on base through two games. 

Whenever the Tigers appeared to get things going offensively on Thursday, either great defense, bad luck or poor decision-making haunted them. 

In the second inning, Prince Fielder was gunned down at home.

In the fourth, Omar Infante got on base. Then, Miguel Cabrera lined out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval and Infante got caught stealing.

In the seventh, Cabrera walked to lead off the inning. Then, Fielder grounded into a double play.

Right-hander Doug Fister pitched six innings, giving up one run, and found himself on the losing end. For quieting the Giants bats, he sure didn't get much of a reward.

A ray of hope? The Tigers hit .275 against right-handers this season, tops in baseball, so perhaps not facing a left-hander will get them back on track.

There's also the fact that Detroit scored eight runs in a game started by CC Sabathia to clinch a trip to the World Series, so they aren't far removed from a good offensive game.

The Tigers are also headed back home for three games. They haven't lost a game yet at Comerica Park this postseason (4-0).

Still, given what Tigers pitchers have seen so far in this series from the offense, they would be wise to go into these remaining games looking to dominate (after all, you can't lose if you pitch a shutout).

Detroit's offense may be taking the heat at the moment, but the pitchers are under the most pressure to get the team back into the series.

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