Back in those days, things were going well: starting pitching was dominating, relief pitching was doing the job, hitters were getting on base and scoring. It all seems so long ago, now. Suddenly, on the 17th game of the month, everything came apart: starting pitching, with certain notable exceptions, has been horrible, relief pitching no better, and scoring has dried up.
For the scoring charts, I've divided the month after game 16. The blue bar represents the first 16 games, and the red bar represents the last 13 games. Graph 1 shows Tigers scoring by inning.
Innings 1, 5 and 7 have been OK lately, but for the rest of the game, production has fallen off badly. But that's not the worst of it. Graph 2 shows opponents scoring by inning, same color code.
This is every bit as bad as it looks. Note that both graphs are on the same scale. Through two + cycles of the rotation, starters put up four good games, 2 by Sanchez, and one each by Verlander [after three dismal starts] and Smyly - the latter sadly, a 3-2 loss. Except for the 5th inning, which is a wash, all the others were worse after game 16. Innings 2 and 4, when the meat of the opposing line ups came through, were terrifying.
This is what happened
Here is the scoring summary.
Scoring declined by 1.4 runs per game. Late scoring only looks good because it is in the context of overall bad scoring.
All I can say about this is read it and weep.
Graph 3 shows the winning percentage after each game, and the number of wins that would project to at season's end.
For a while, 100 wins looked attainable. It might still be, but things would have to get much better quickly.
The last graph  looks at Cabrera's batting average, one of the few bright spots. Since a rocky start, he's done extremely well.
Early on, his batting after the 6th inning lagged, but now has caught up with the first 6 innings. The black line indicates his average over the most recent 21 games. It's been at or above .370 since game 39. His overall average has been in the mid to high .320's since game 40.
He currently has 49 RBI's, 3rd in the AL, and is on a pace to bring in close to 150.
May didn't end well for the Tigers, and June started with a shut out. Baseball is a streaky game. A bad streak is steeped in misery. Here's hoping they can get things turned around soon.