Tigers Forget Bats, Get Mugged In New York

Matt SCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 19:  Mariano Rivera #42 and Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers on July 19, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 2-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It's good to keep your head on a swivel when visiting New York.

The big city can lull you with its grandeur but danger always lurks around the corner. One must be ready to react at every opportunity, and it's usually a good idea to carry some protection with you.

The Detroit Tigers did none of that this weekend.

Without the protection of a single baseball bat, it seemed, the Tigers allowed the Yankees to jump them and steal what they had worked so hard to earn.

The loot?

Two of the precious three and a half games that Detroit had put between themselves and Chicago.

It's not as if the Tigers were without opportunity to escape, though. Twenty-six times the Tigers put a runner in scoring position, and only once did the man at the plate come up with a hit. For the math-challenged individual, that's a .038 team average with RISP.

When the "fight or flight" response kicked in, the Tigers chose to drop everything the had, turn heel, and run-not the response of champions.

I shouldn't be blaming the whole team though. When I say "Tigers" above, I really mean the hitters and Joel Zumaya. The rest of the pitchers seemed like they wanted to duke it out with the Bronx Bombers-and were succeeding-but reinforcements never arrived.

Joel Zumaya showed once again that he's a still thrower, not yet a pitcher. He said he doesn't want to get beat with his third best pitch but he has been burned with his best pitch recently. Hopefully the trip to the disabled list will allow Joel to get his mind back in the game.

The hitting proved that it is THE weak point of the team and the display against one of the top teams in the American League shows that you can't win a pennant with only pitching and defense.

I hope that Dave Dombrowski paid close attention this weekend.

Hopefully he'll go out and find a bat so the next time the Tigers are in New York -- or Boston, or Chicago, or wherever else they'll go -- the team has some protection with them.

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