Tigers can't expect repeat of last year's surge

Tigers can't expect repeat of last year's surge

DETROIT -- At one point early this season, the Tigers were among the league's elite in scoring runs. As of Sunday, they're in the middle of the pack.

With 112 runs, the Tigers entered play eighth out of 14 teams in the American League in runs scored. Just one run above the Mariners and a run below the Indians.

"I have no idea [why we haven't been scoring]," manager Jim Leyland said before Sunday's 3-1 win. "You can look at some numbers until you're blue in the face. Look at this, look at that. The fact of the matter is we're not scoring runs and we need to score runs."

The Tigers certainly haven't been getting complacent, but Leyland said Sunday their cold start in 2011 might be working against them. Detroit began last season with a 12-17 record, but eventually made the American League Championship Series.

"You can't just sit around and say, 'Well, it will come,'" Leyland said. "Everybody's saying, 'Well, the offense around this time last year was struggling.' And that's true. It's not good to have a sense of urgency, but it's also not good if you think everything will just automatically happen. You got to go out and make it happen."

The Tigers (14-13) are only 1 1/2 games behind the Indians for first place in the AL Central. However, they are 4-6 in their last 10 games.

The team batting average and ERA have also dropped. With a .247 team average, Detroit was seventh in the AL and a 4.11 team ERA was 10th entering play Sunday.

"You don't want to send a message, obviously, to your players of panic," Leyland said. "And I think the players understand that, and I understand that because there is no panic. But at the same time, you can't be nonchalant about it either. You have to be aware of it and you have to go out and do something about it."