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Detroit Tigers’ batting order changes could help

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May 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 7, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (31) hits a single in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 7, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (31) hits a single in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Nicholas Castellanos has had no business being in the 2 spot. After starting the year well, Castellanos has been hitting a measly .229, he also only has a .270 on-base-percentage hitting second. With his poor hitting performance this season, he should no longer be hitting second lineup.

A change in the order could be just what he needs to light up the bat again. Castellanos has showed promise at times, especially after his 2016 season. Last season was Castellanos’ best thus far, and all signs showed he could finally be fulfilling his potential.

If the Detroit Tigers can figure out how to get him to finally show his true potential, the team could prosper immensely. Moving him back in the lineup permanently could do just that.

On the other hand, Alex Avila has been one of the best offensive catcher’s in baseball, but is still not an everyday starter. With his .322 average he should be in the lineup and always be hitting second. I know historically Avila has not hit well against left handed hitters, but with how well he is hitting, he has earned the right to start every game.

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