Who will step up for the offense tonight?

Prince Fielder celebrates with Jhonny Peralta after Peralta's home run on October 8, 2013 - Rob Carr

The Tigers' offense is under-performing, can it be turned around in time?

For a few innings on Tuesday, the Tigers' offense emerged from its funk. A theme of the series has been that Miguel Cabrera's injury and lack of offense has carried over to the rest of the lineup. Somebody needs to step up, and that has not changed. Most of the lineup has dramatically underperformed:

Austin Jackson: .133, one double, ten strikeouts

Torii Hunter: .143, no extra-base hits

Prince Fielder: .267, no extra-base hits, no walks

Alex Avila: .167, no extra-base hits

Jose Iglesias: 0.083, one walk

In any five game stretch, some players' performances will be far from normal. But the team is hitting .234 with a .290 on-base percentage and a .320 slugging percentage. The Tigers need two of these players to step up with big games tonight. Austin Jackson reaching base twice would change the tone. A single and double from Torii Hunter would keep the rallies going. A home run from Prince Fielder or Alex Avila could be all that is needed if Justin Verlander has a big game. An infield single and steal of second from Jose Iglesias could ignite the moribund offense, as Jhonny Peralta's home run did in game 4. Don Kelly's two-for-three performance is leading the team in OPS, so anybody could come through tonight.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bless You Boys

You must be a member of Bless You Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bless You Boys. You should read them.

Join Bless You Boys

You must be a member of Bless You Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bless You Boys. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker