Tigers’ World Series Odds Take Hit With J.D. Martinez Injury
The Detroit Tigers had been largely humming along in the ultra competitive AL Central, sitting just two games out of first place with a 33-32 record.
Good Start Doomed
Detroit had come alive again this season following a down year that spawned several big trades. Justin Verlander was heading a revitalized pitching rotation that gave an otherwise bad defense real hope, while Detroit’s wild band of offensive studs had the Tigers positioned as one of the more explosive offenses and a potential problem in the MLB playoffs.
The solid start to 2015 had been a bit touch and go, but a positive 6-4 run in their last 10 games had the Tigers once again thinking about first place in one of the more log-jammed divisions in baseball.
A rough injury to one of their best players may complicate matters.
Down Goes Martinez
Per reports, star slugger J.D. Martinez suffered an elbow fracture during Thursday night’s contest with the hated Kansas City Royals and could face a lengthy absence from the team.
J.D. Martinez left tonight’s game with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of the right elbow, according to the team.
— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) June 17, 2016
Specifically, Martinez reportedly sustained a non-displaced fracture of the “radial neck” of his right elbow and could be out indefinitely.
Detroit Tigers World Series Odds
Losing Martinez for any amount of time could be a massive loss, as Martinez was batting a strong .287 with 12 home runs in 64 games. He was a key cog in a very strong offense, while Detroit’s fielding takes another hit with fellow outfielder Cameron Maybin also dealing with a quad issue at the moment.
With this injury quite likely ending J.D. Martinez’s season, the Tigers take a drastic hit offensively, which could drop them from the running in the AL Central. That could be problematic, especially considering the Chicao White Sox are only hanging behind them by half of a game.
Detroit’s World Series odds were already waning with such a competitive division, boasting just +2500 odds to go all the way and win the 2016 title.
Their chances aren’t completely dashed if Martinez can somehow make it back before the playoffs, but a rough return time table should have him out for two months, if not much longer.
Detroit may have to dig deep into their farm system to find an answer for Martinez being out, but for now the Tigers take a huge hit on offense and it very well could be one that knocks them out of the AL Central race for good.
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