This is the fourth year in a row that the Detroit Tigers are in the American League Playoffs. But they have done so despite having a notoriously weak bullpen.
Since 2012, Detroit has lacked a consistent closer. Overall, the Tigers bullpen has been the worst in the American League with an On Base Percentage of .751 and Wins Above Replacement 0.6. And their statistics for the Ninth Inning are atrocious.
Hence the gallows humor of Tigers fans in the cartoon.
In the first game of the American League Divisional Series, Motown's fatal flaw was especially apparent in the 12-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, with Detroit pitchers giving up eight runs in the eighth inning.