After 10 games the Tigers are 7-3, a very good start. This would project to 113 wins over 162 games. I don't expect that to happen. But there are a lot of good things going on. Batting has been potent, and the runs have come with it. Tigers and Orioles are leading the league in team batting average, tied at .291. In 11 games, the Orioles have scored 60 runs, to the Tigers 54 in 10. Tigers are way behind in home runs though, 23 to 14. So, naturally, the Orioles have the highest slugging percentage, a gonzo .540. The Tigers are next at .461. So the offense is working. Despite getting shut out the other night, the Tigers are averaging 5.4 runs per game. Baltimore is at 5.54. Boston is 3rd at 5.3.
Neither Cabrera nor Upton has contributed much as yet. When they get going, this offense should be terrorizing opposing pitchers.
Here is scoring by inning.
There is some success the first time through the line up. Lack of 3rd inning scoring is mysterious. Big inning has been the 6th. This is the 3rd time through the line up, so the batters are figuring out the starters. Late scoring is encouraging, since the Tigers are getting to the relievers.
I think it's too early to say a lot about pitching. Team ERA is 3.76. Not horrible, but only 8th in the A. L. Opponents batting average is .270, and that is awful. J.V. is yet to find the stride he had at the end of last season. His WHIP is 1.59, and ERA is a dismal 7.16. Sanchez has been good, with a 1.31 WHIP and 3.38 ERA and 2 wins. Shane Green is looking good with 0.857 WHIP and 2.57 ERA. The real star has been Jordan Zimmerman, with 2 wins, 13 shutout innings pitched, a 1.00 WHIP and 0.00 ERA.
Here is opponents scoring, on the same scale as the Tigers'.
Starters are having early problems. Relievers have been decent.
On the defensive side, Tigers lead the A. L. with 1.7 double plays per game - a stat that has been enhanced by 5 turned in the last two games at Houston.
So far so good. But the White Sox and Royals are both 8-3. So the Tigers actually are in 3rd place.
Hmmmm . . .