As we are approaching the mid-way point of the 2013 season, it should be apparent that all is not well in Tiger Town.
Right now, the Tigers are 42-35 with a 3 game lead on the Cleveland Indians but something needs to be done with the Tigers if the this 29 year World Series drought is going to end.
The Tigers are getting no production from the 5th spot in their lineup. I wanted to give Victor the benefit of the doubt but we are running out of time. In addition to hitting a paltry .228, his on base percentage is .286. This is ridiculous.
If there is no appetite for a trade or a trade to be made, the Tigers need to try something new, something unconventional. I don’t want to tinker with the slots Peralta and Infante are hitting in, because if something is not broken, don’t fix it. But the 5 slot is broken and must be fixed.
I offer you my solution, Don Kelly, DK. I know what you are thinking, DK? He’s not an everyday player, he doesn’t have the power. These things may be true but is he going to do any worse? In only 92 at bats DK is hitting .228 the same as Martinez. DK’s OPB is .333 compared to Victor’s .286. DK is slugging .380 to Victor’s .337. And what is even more important, DK busts his ass down the line where VMART acts like he’s skipping through a flower bed.
Some may say, VMART can’t run, he’s knees are shot. I say, I can tolerate that if you’re hitting over .250 with power but not when you’re hitting .228 and slugging .337. The Tiger’s need to find a different way, a new alternative, to the conventional thinking of the last 29 years. DK might not be a classic 5 hitter, and he might not even work out, but at this point Victor is not working out either and the Tigers just finished a 10 game home stand 4-6.
To add insult to injury the Tigers just got swept, in the 6 game season series, by an Angels team that BLOWS. This is the same Angels team that got swept in a four game series, at home, by the Houston Astros. And to really rub salt in the wound, game two was decided by a two run homer by that sawed off, little, jerk, Erick Aybar after a visit to the mound by pitching coach Jeff Jones.
And here’s some advice for Jeff Jones, next time you get a good idea, like the one you had before the Aybar at bat, sit back down and chew on tin foil, you Dummy!
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