Maybin was hitting .322 with a .777 OPS in 208 at-bats heading into action Saturday. Maybin is having his best season in the majors this year and it's tied to a number of changes at the plate. His discipline at the dish has been a lot better than previously in his career -- Maybin's contact rate is the best ever and his strikeout rate is the lowest of his career. And his walk rate is much improved, too. Notably, Maybin is spraying the ball around the field much more than in the past and 2016 is the first time in his major-league career that he's punched the ball the opposite way at least 30 percent of the time. Maybin isn't the five-tool superstar he was projected to be back in 2006, but he's been a real catalyst in the Tigers' lineup.
Maybin went 2-for-3 with a walk and his 10th steal of the season in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays. He was the only Tiger to have much success at the plate Sunday against R.A. Dickey. Maybin wraps up the first part of July hitting .264 (9-for-34) with two steals and a homer, but the home run is his only extra-base hit during that 10-game stretch.
Maybin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays. An 0-for-3 performance Saturday ended Maybin's seven-game hit streak, but even including the hitless performance, the outfielder has still been outstanding during that span, slashing .452/.500/.548 while collecting nine RBI and seven runs. He'll just be getting a routine maintenance day in the series finale, as Andrew Romine logs a rare start in center field.
Maybin went 3-for-4 with a steal, a walk, three runs and two RBI Friday at the Rays. Maybin opened the scoring for the Tigers by scoring in the fourth inning before extending the team's lead to three runs with his two-run single in the fifth inning of a game they'd win easily. He's now collected multiple hits in each of his last three contests, and he's slashing .369/.424/.436 on the year.
Maybin went 3-for-4 with a double, a run and four RBI Thursday at the Rays. Maybin capped off an eight-run ninth inning with a three-run double that broke up a 7-7 tie and provided the Tigers with the final margin of victory. He's now hit safely in each of his last six games, and he's slashing .359/.413/.428 on the year.
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