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Someone should have told this Tigers outfielder that there was a wall there

Prior to the MLB season finally getting underway, the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers were projected to be the two worst teams in the league, with the O’s holding a slight advantage with a 20.5 win total according to the oddsmakers (Detroit’s was 22.5). Less than a week in, both teams appear poised to eclipse those numbers with ease. The Orioles have started 2-1 and the Tigers 2-2. Next stop: parade.

We kid, we kid. No, neither the Tigers nor the Orioles will be one of the “surprise” teams that shocks everyone in a 60-game season. Each roster is simply too poor to even sniff one of the top 16 spots that are available in this year’s modified postseason. The Tigers getting thrashed 14-6 by the Kansas City Royals on Monday night was a reminder of that.

One play in particular really drove the point home. In the top of the fourth, Royals third baseman Maikel Franco blasted one to left field. Tigers left fielder Victor Reyes thought he had a beat on it. Turns out, that pesky wall got in the way:

Whoops. Who put that thing there?

Franco’s three-run shot was his second of the night, and it put the game out of reach. Don’t fret, Tigers fans, this video is a lot less depressing to watch in game 4 of a 60-game season then in game 97 of a 162-game season in the midst of the dog days of summer. Gotta find the positives.