Sunday, July 8, 2012

Watch out: The Tigers are hitting home runs again

The Tigers are likely going to enter the All Star Break on a 5 game winning streak and are starting to look like the team that everyone expected when the season started.  One of the reasons they've struggled is their surprising lack of power (19th in home runs), despite having Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the middle of the lineup. 

Cabrera has done his part (18 HR, 71 RBI), but the other power hitters had all been disappointing.  Prince Fielder had a good batting average (around .300 most of the year and even better with running in scoring position), and a decent number of RBI, but only 12 HR entering July.  Delmon Young had been even worse (6 HR hitting 5th in the lineup all year, in addition to his inability to take a walk). 

In July, the Tigers have hit 12 HR, which will put them near the top of the league.  Delmon Young has homered in 4 straight games and Prince Fielder has hit 3 HR as well.  They've hit 7 of their combined 25 HR in the last 8 games.  If Prince Fielder plays his old self in the second half (and Cabrera naturally continues another remarkable season), the Tigers should have one of the more prolific offenses in baseball in the 2nd half.

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