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Baseball Prospectus: Unconventional Wisdom
Jon Heyman
April 21, 2008
Prognosticators who envisioned a 1,000-run offense for the Tigers failed to account for the difficulty that Detroit's NL imports would face adjusting to life against the tougher competition in the AL. While the Tigers, who'd been outscored 78--33 through Sunday, have plenty of blame to go around for their 2--10 start, the performances of their four key league-changing newcomers—Miguel Cabrera, Edgar Renteria, Jacque Jones and Dontrelle Willis—have been especially troublesome. Through Sunday, Cabrera, Renteria and Jones had combined to hit .214 with one homer and six RBIs in 117 at bats. Willis, meanwhile, gave up nine walks and had a 7.20 ERA in two starts before going on the DL with a hyperextended right knee.
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April 21, 2008

Baseball Prospectus: Unconventional Wisdom

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Prognosticators who envisioned a 1,000-run offense for the Tigers failed to account for the difficulty that Detroit's NL imports would face adjusting to life against the tougher competition in the AL. While the Tigers, who'd been outscored 78--33 through Sunday, have plenty of blame to go around for their 2--10 start, the performances of their four key league-changing newcomers—Miguel Cabrera, Edgar Renteria, Jacque Jones and Dontrelle Willis—have been especially troublesome. Through Sunday, Cabrera, Renteria and Jones had combined to hit .214 with one homer and six RBIs in 117 at bats. Willis, meanwhile, gave up nine walks and had a 7.20 ERA in two starts before going on the DL with a hyperextended right knee.

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