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Detroit Tigers: Breaking Down Tyler Collins’ Notable Career Splits

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Aug 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Erick Aybar (15) and center fielder Tyler Collins (18) celebrate after the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Erick Aybar (15) and center fielder Tyler Collins (18) celebrate after the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 14, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Tyler Collins (18) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning in an inter-league game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Solid Versus Right-Handed Pitching

Collins has seen most of his career at-bats against right-handed pitching, and has promptly produced.

In 334 plate appearances, the 26-year-old is hitting .265 with a .753 OPS. He’s also added 39 RBI, 34 runs scored, 12 doubles, nine home runs, six triples and three stolen bases.

Against southpaws, Collins is a .174 hitter with just five RBI and one extra-base hit.

Hitting Seventh

Since making his Major League debut in 2014, Collins has gone on to log at-bats hitting in each place in the lineup.

He’s appeared in the most games hitting seventh. That also happens to be the place in the lineup where Collins is most successful.

The outfielder is a .319 hitter when batting seventh.

He’s also contributed an .864 OPS, 13 runs scored, nine RBI, seven doubles, three home runs and a triple.

If Collins wins the center field job, and Justin Upton or J.D. Martinez ends up hitting second, Collins could be in line to bat seventh ahead of James McCann and Jose Iglesias.

Road Numbers

Collins is just a .211 hitter in his career at Comerica Park, but he owns a .302 batting average when playing away from home.

Additionally, his OPS is significantly better on the road (.839) than in Detroit (.599).

The outfielder’s road numbers include strong batting average numbers in Houston (.556), Cleveland (.429), Chicago (.389) and Kansas City (.324).

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