Detroit Tigers Offense Will Only Get Better as Season Progresses
This is all without mentioning Victor Martinez, who’s numbers at the plate have been anemic so far.
In 12 games, the veteran slugger is batting just .195 with a .277 on-base percentage, a 37 wRC+ and a -0.3 WAR.
Martinez hasn’t been able to replicate his stellar 2014 season for the Tigers, but he certainly isn’t regressing to these low standards.
Like Castellanos, the 38-year-old has hit the ball hard (53.1 hard contact percentage) and is sporting a low BABIP at .250.
Expect the veteran designated hitter to bounce back at some point in the near future.
The Return of J.D. Martinez
While Tyler Collins has given the team some quality at-bats in right field, he’ll cede his starting spot to J.D. Martinez when the slugger returns from the disabled list.
The outfielder will add some much-needed pop to the outfield.
Collins’ production has been offset by the struggles of Mikie Mahtook. The former Tampa Bay player owns a wRC+ of 26 and a .435 OPS in 17 plate appearances.
Overall, Detroit Right fielders rank 17th in the Major Leagues on-base percentage, 18th in wRC+, 21st in WAR and 27th in ISO.
Martinez turned in a .373 on-base percentage, a 142 wRC+, a 1.8 WAR and a .228 ISO in 120 games last season.
With Castellanos, Victor Martinez and Cabrera rebounding—as well as J.D. Martinez eventually returning to the lineup, the Detroit Tigers will field one of baseball’s most potent offenses.
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If players like Jones, McCann, Avila and Collins continue to provide added production offensively, the sky is the limit for this team.