Game 2012.32: Tigers at Athletics
Yesterday we mentioned we would take a look at the Tiger DH performance. Then again, you may want to avert your eyes.
Currently the Tiger DH line (BA, OBP, SLG, OPS) looks like this:
- Tigers DH: .192 .228 .283 .512
- AL Avg DH:.263 .334 .454 .788
With those numbers we could have kept Brandon Inge, shifted him to DH, and come out ahead.
Of course the league averages include Detroit, who brings the numbers down. Detroit has edged Seattle out for 13th in the league, but those 2 teams are over 100 OPS points behind the 12th place team.
DH isn’t the only problem position for Detroit: they are league worst at 2B, and 13th at RF production. But DH is worse, since it is one of the most important positions for offensive production (that’s kind of the idea of it).
Based on 2012 league averages, DH is the most productive position at the plate; based on the 2011 numbers, DH was slightly behind 1B as the most productive position.
It is still early, and things may improve. But as with the Raburn numbers, there is a track record. Look at Tiger DH performance over the course of the Leyland/Dombrowski era:
- 2006 .256 .310 .464 .774 9th
- 2007 .260 .364 .468 .831 5th
- 2008 .218 .310 .388 .697 13th
- 2009 .245 .325 .379 .704 13th
- 2010 .259 .341 .373 .713 11th
- 2011 .303 .354 .442 .796 4th
- 2012 .192 .228 .283 .512 13th
It’s almost as if the team were built as a NL team, with the DH an afterthought, or a place to rest banged-up players (albeit a NL team with no speed and no ability to bunt).
It isn’t hard to see that Victor Martinez made a huge difference, solving an ongoing DH problem, which has now resurfaced. Our 2012 DH could outdo the 2008 DH for lightweight hitting, and could lead to a similarly disappointing season.
Will the Tigers make a roster move to address the DH problem? Does past history suggest they will cross their fingers, continue rotating bodies through the DH spot, and hope Martinez comes back? What would you do?
Tonight’s Player of the Pre-game: Danny Worth. The Tiger 2nd Basemen are batting .159 (Raburn), .156 (Santiago), .125 (Inge), and .100 (Worth). But with the fewest plate appearances of the lot, a good game by Worth could vault him toward the top of the low 2B bar.
Tonight’s Why-Not-Just-Go-For-It-And-Bat-Raburn-4th Llineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Andy Dirks LF
- Miguel Cabrera 3B
- Prince Fielder 1B
- Delmon Young DH
- Ryan Raburn RF
- Jhonny Peralta SS
- Gerald Laird C
- Danny Worth 2B