or at the very least, moved way down in the order.
Victor Martinez’s struggles this year are well documented. After missing the entire 2012 season I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I was will to give him 40 to 50 games to get back in a groove. Well, 80 games into the 2013 campaign, he is showing no signs of getting into a productive groove.
He’s hitting .232 with 6 homers and 40 RBIs. Actually, the 40 RBIs aren’t bad, that puts him 3rd on the team behind Fielder and Cabrera, and on pace for 80 this season. But his lack of power and speed make him a severe liability.
Consider this scenario:
Victor, comes to bat with the bases empty and gets to first on a walk or a single. Obviously, he’s no threat to steal and only a horrible wild pitch or passed ball is getting him to second so let’s leave him on first for now and using today’s lineup Dirks steps to the plate and hits a single.
Victor is not going first to third so the Dirks single puts Victor on second.
Up steps Peralta who delivers another single. Assuming Victor is not running on the pitch, he’s probably not scoring, so now he’s at third. The Tigers are basically playing station to station baseball with him and as a result, another hit is going to be required to score Martinez. Add it all up and including Victor’s single, four hits are going to be required to score him. (Also, how many times have the Tigers had four hits in one inning this season? I haven’t researched it, but I’m sure it isn’t many.)
Granted this scenario is assuming all singles, with no extra base hits from any of the participants, but this is the deck the Tigers are playing with and unless Victor starts showing signs of extra base power, I just don’t see how Lelyand can leave him in the 5 slot. At the current pace, I’m not sure Leyland can make an argument for playing him every day.
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