Tigers lead majors in wild pitches
Maybe it’s the struggles of Tigers pitchers to locate breaking balls, a trend that started in the cold, damp air of New York on opening day. Maybe it’s mixed signals crossing up Tigers pitchers and catchers. Maybe still, catchers are having trouble keeping pitches in the dirt in front of them.
Manager Jim Leyland doesn’t want to pinpoint a cause quite yet. But the Tigers’ wild pitch total, six of them through four games, is a little disconcerting. The latest, a Porcello slider in the dirt that got past catcher Alex Avila, brought in Baltimore’s first run Monday with two outs in the second inning. Without it, Porcello and Avila get through the inning unscathed upon Felix Pie’s fly out.
“I want to look at that before I comment on it,” manager Jim Leyland said.
Given the possible reasons, it’s understandable. Not only does Detroit’s total top the Majors, it doubles that of almost every other big league team entering Monday night. The only other club with more than three is Pittsburgh, with four. Thirteen teams entered Monday without any wild pitches.