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Tigers need punch atop batting order

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Tigers need punch atop batting order · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

Look no further than the top two spots in the batting order for a significant reason Detroit's offense has been sputtering

Austin Jackson and Will Rhymes were a combined 0-for-7 with one walk. The Tigers scored three runs.

Ichiro Suzuki and Chone Figgins reached base nine of 11 turns at bat and scored six times. Seattle scored 13 runs.

Jackson and Rhymes have hit in the low .200s or high .100s most of the season, allowing pitchers to work around cleanup man Miguel Cabrera and then attack the batters lower in the lineup.

Pitchers have been very aggressive with first-pitch strikes recently as strikeouts have piled up for Tigers hitters. Batting averages are typically at least 100 points lower if the first pitch is a strike.

Seattle has had one of the worst offenses in the American League as the first month of the season draws to a close and part of the reason for that is Suzuki only recently breaching .250 and Figgins struggling along at around .200. Nobody's on base when the middle of the order comes up.

Manager Jim Leyland has few options in the short term. Jackson is such a stellar defensive center fielder and hit nearly .300 as a rookie that he likely would get at least half the season to get going. His timing getting his front foot down has hurt him early but recently that's been better; he's been putting the ball in play more without much positive results.

Scott Sizemore, currently hitting well for Toledo, got more than a month before he was sent down to the minors last spring. Rhymes has no power and that's hurt him because outfielders play him so shallow it takes away some potential hits.

Leyland likes the career track records of most of the players. Their season tracks, for the most part, don't look too well at the moment.

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGMiguel Cabrera , 1B.338
HRJ.D. Martinez , RF38
RBIJ.D. Martinez , RF102
OBPMiguel Cabrera , 1B.440
SLGJ.D. Martinez , RF.535
RIan Kinsler , 2B94
SBAnthony Gose , CF23
WAlfredo Simon , SP13
ERAAlfredo Simon , SP5.05
WHIPAlfredo Simon , SP1.44
KAnibal Sanchez , SP138
SVNeftali Feliz , RP10

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