Adjustments are a part of baseball, even when you win.
But when a team is losing, adjustments become even more critical as a three-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners has pointed out to the Detroit Tigers.
"We just didn't do enough good things in this series," manager Jim Leyland said after a 7-2 loss left Detroit with a 3-3 record for the homestand, also sweeping three games from the Chicago White Sox.
"We thought we were coming out of it but then we went right back in to a little funk," Leyland said. "But we'll hit. We've got quite a few guys not hitting right now."
Included in that array is Austin Jackson, who had five hits in three games against Chicago and has five hits in his last six games. His batting average continues to sag under .200 level and that isn't going to cut it for a leadoff man.
Then there's Magglio Ordonez. While pronounced healthy when Detroit signed him in the offseason, Ordonez also has been near the .200 level right from spring training.
Ordonez had a four-game hitting streak, but with only one hit in each game. One RBI and a .200 average from your No. 3 hitter isn't going to cut it, either.
Kelly, Casper Wells and Ordonez can square off to see who gets the playing time. Who would hit third in place of Ordonez would be another problem Leyland must solve.
Jhonny Peralta hits by fits and starts, but Detroit expected that when it signed him to a two-year deal. Brandon Inge was a .200 hitter when hurt the last couple of seasons and now he's a healthy .200 hitter, although like Peralta he chips in with the occasional big blow.
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