The Detroit Tigers have had plenty of struggles on offense so far this year, but a few players have experienced some hot streaks at the plate this season.
For a while, centerfielder JaCoby Jones was the hottest hitter in the Detroit Tigers lineup helping to really drive the struggling offense forward. Now, with Jones on the 10-Day IL, it seems as if a different Tiger may be beginning to take over as the hot bat in the Detroit lineup.
Jeimer Candelario has been showing plenty of signs lately of heating up in the batter’s box, and Saturday’s performance was the biggest yet. The “Candy Man” smashed two home runs off Red Sox pitcher and former Tiger Rick Porcello and finished the night with three RBI.
Candelario’s two home runs on Saturday night gives him four home runs in his last five games along with seven RBI in those five games as well. Along with that, he has recorded at least one hit in nine of his last ten. With the Detroit Tigers offense being the way that it’s been all season, these are pretty impressive feats.
2019 has been a fairly up and down season for Jeimer Candelario one could say. His seemingly permanent spot in the Detroit Tigers’ lineup was put into question when he was suddenly demoted to Triple-A Toledo for almost two weeks in May to “find himself” according to manager Ron Gardenhire.
In early June, just a few games after being promoted back up the big leagues, Candelario suffered a shoulder injury that would sideline him until almost the end of the month. On June 26th, the “Candy Man” made his return and his bat is showing no signs of slowing down.
Candelario has been starting to put things together at the plate over the last ten games or so, with the hits starting to result in RBIs over the last five outings. If he can keep performing like this in the batter’s box, then it could turn into a full-blown hot streak, but the All-Star break could present a challenge when trying to stay hot.