The Tigers get a lot of slack when they remind everyone they're "rebuilding." The message to fans is: Have very low expectations.
But columnist Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News writes that even in a rebuilding year, these lowly Tigers are tough to watch:
You knew it would be bad. You knew it would be real bad, and if you’re a logical baseball fan, you were willing to accept it and stomach it.
Well, under one condition. For this to be acceptable or stomach-able, there has to be some glimmer of hope, some peek at the prize, some spark of energy. The Tigers are offering none of that right now, and if there’s a low point in their rebuild — before the next low point — they hit it Sunday.
Lethargic. Mopey. Unwatchable.
A pitcher like Trevor Bauer can do that to a team, and the Indians’ right-hander spent Father’s Day toying with the Tigers in a complete-game shutout, 8-0. But this is not about one lame game. The Tigers (25-43) are 2-17 at Comerica Park since May 9. A year ago on this date, they were 35-37. Since then, they’re 54-104.
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