Franmil Reyes went 0-13 in the series against the White Sox, with six strikeouts, one RBI, and two runs scored. Considering how effective Reyes has been, this series was jarring for fans of his to watch. For context, Reyes left the Tigers series hitting .333, but now his average has fallen a full 100 points to .233. The big bat swinger needs to do better than this.
The potential MVP, Jose Ramirez, had a series to forget. Sure, during game four he did have a home run that drove in two runs but his series stats were awful. He went 1-15 for the series and is now hitting just .222. Ramirez needs to play better than that, especially if he wants to win the AL MVP this year.
When you can’t get out of the first inning, that’s a bad sign. Zach Plesac got blasted in game three. He gave up seven hits, six runs given up and a home run sent deep into the outfield in just two-thirds of an inning. While a lot of people want to point to offensive struggles for the failure to register a hit that night, there’s another train of thought that might explain why the Tribe got no-hitted. When your starter gives up six runs before the third out in the first inning, that can really affect your mentality.