Marquette, Michigan – October 3rd, 2016 – For the second straight season, the Detroit Tigers will not be playing any postseason baseball while having one of the most talented rosters in Major League Baseball. Thanks to a combination of inconsistent play and ill-timed injuries, the Tigers season ended on Sunday afternoon with a loss to the last-place Atlanta Braves.
Coming into the weekend, the Tigers looked to be in good shape in the Wild Card race. They trailed the Baltimore Orioles by one-half game and the Toronto Blue Jays by one-and-a-half games. The Tigers entered a weekend series with the lowly Atlanta Braves, who entered the series 27 games below .500.
After hitting four home runs and winning the first game, the offense could not get going in the final two games of the series. The Tigers’ batters struck out 27 times over the final two games, including the season coming to an end with Justin Upton, who struck out 179 times this year, watched a thigh-high pitch split the middle of the plate for a called strike three.
The final series of the season perfectly encapsulated the season for the Tigers. The offense looked strong and unbeatable the first game, while it failed to show up in the final two. The Tigers were too inconsistent all season long. With one of the most talented rosters in the MLB missing the post-season for the second straight season, all eyes will now be on whether or not manager Brad Ausumus will retain his position.