The Detroit Tigers split a four-game series against the Twins in Minnesota over the weekend.
If you tuned into really any part of the Detroit Tigers weekend series in Minnesota, it is likely you heard talk of Ronny Rodríguez. The 27-year-old Tigers infielder has been on fire as of late and is winning over the hearts of Detroit fans as one of the team’s brightest emerging stars.
Rodríguez was on a bit of a roll heading into the weekend in the Twin Cities, and his performance in one particular game made him one of the biggest talking points of the weekend. In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, Rodríguez went 2-3 at the plate with two solo home runs.
Those two long balls gave Rodríguez five homers on the season leaving him in sole possession of the team lead. Considering Rodríguez has only been in the lineup for about a month, making his season debut on April 14th, that is both impressive and a disappointing but telling sign of how Detroit’s offense is doing.
Though two HRs were huge for the Tigers offense, Saturday was not even Rodríguez’s most impressive performance of the week. Last Wednesday against the Angels at Comerica Park, Rodríguez went 3-4 in the batter’s box and knocked in four RBIs to help the Tigers to a 10-3 victory.
Rodríguez was quiet in the remaining two games of the weekend series after Saturday’s early game, failing to record a hit in his eight plate appearances over the final couple games of the series. However, that should not be a reason for Tigers fans to hesitate from jumping on the Ronny Rodríguez train.
There have been instances of inconsistency here and there for Rodríguez this season, but hey, that’s baseball. His 14 RBIs are second-most on the team and his bat has had a tremendous impact for a really struggling Detroit Tigers lineup.
Ronny Rodríguez is riding a relatively large wave of offense after a couple of impressive performances last week. His explosive abilities at the plate and in the field should give Tigers fans hope that a potential future star is in the making, and that is why Ronny Rodríguez should be your new favorite Tiger.