Detroit Tigers: JaCoby Jones remains hottest bat in the lineup
Detroit Tigers centerfielder JaCoby Jones has completely turned his game around over the past few weeks and has become maybe the hottest hitter in Detroit’s lineup.
Around this point last month, JaCoby Jones was hitting about .138 with just one home run and two RBI for the Detroit Tigers. Now, over the past two weeks or so, Jones has turned into one of the most productive and consistent hitters in Detroit’s lineup.
Jones is currently on a nine-game hit streak, which began with a four-RBI performance on May 24th against the Mets in New York. Since then, Jones has recorded a hit in each game and has an RBI in four of the eight games since that night in the Big Apple.
Throughout this latest nine-game stretch, Jones has also seen his batting average improve with each game. The 27-year-old entered May 24th with a BA of .173 but is now hitting .236 after going 2-4 with a solo home run in Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Atlanta Braves.
In the early part of May, some Tigers fans, myself included, were questioning if Jones was even deserving of a spot in Detroit’s big league lineup. Now, he’s become one of the few steady producers in a Tigers offense that has been struggling the entire year.
With his incredible nine-game stretch, Jones is now tied for the Detroit Tigers’ team lead in homers with six and has bumped his RBI total up from seven to 15.
Having Jones’ hot bat in the lineup might be the best thing the Tigers have going for them on offense right now. This team has struggled all year to find its footing at the plate, and now Jones has managed to string together one of the best stretches of performances inside the batter’s box this year. Hopefully, JaCoby can keep this up, and once he does cool down, someone else in Detroit’s lineup begins to catch fire.