'Confusing' year for Tigers, but Leyland has insight

'Confusing' year for Tigers, but Leyland has insight

'Confusing' year for Tigers, but Leyland has insight
DETROIT -- With 10 games left in the regular season, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was asked his thoughts Monday on how the year has gone to this point.

"It's been a freaky year, to be honest with you," Leyland responded

However, asked if "freaky" would be the one word he's use to sum it up, he said no.

"I would say probably a little bit more confusing would be the word I'd use," he said.

There's a lot of reasons it's been a confusing year in Detroit. The team's pitching has been solid, its hitting has been OK, but yet the Tigers find themselves eight games above .500 and behind by a game in the American League Central.

Leyland elaborated.

"There's some pitchers this year that we've faced that I thought we'd do a lot better against than we did," he said. "By saying that I'm saying -- and this is not with any disrespect -- but some teams' fourth and fifth starters, I assumed in Spring Training that we would wear that guy out. We really haven't done that."

Leyland didn't single any pitcher out. But he did express disappointment in not scoring more runs Sunday night against right-hander P.J. Walters. Walters held Detroit to one run and five hits in six innings.

Walters' overall stats against Detroit provided the perfect example. He is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts vs. the Tigers this season, compared to a 6.70 ERA against all other opponents.

"I can understand the [Zack] Greinkes and the guys like that," Leyland said. "But with the type of offense we have, with fourth and fifth starters I think we probably should've done better than we have. I know we should've."