Verlander did the rest, retiring the final six Pirates in a row, striking out three. Yet, maybe the most encouraging thing about the afternoon was Young’s clutch hit for the game winner. Getting consistent production from the bottom of the Tigers lineup has been a constant struggle in 2012.
Brennan Boesch, Delmon Young, Alex Avila, Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Raburn have all spun their wheels in an effort to match last year’s numbers. While there is still a ton of baseball to be played, July is staring us in the face.
Based on current numbers, here are the projections for the players listed above compared to last year’s totals. As you can see, a couple of the guys will need a strong second half.
Boesch 2012 (on pace) .239-16-59 2011 .283-16-54
Young 2012 (on pace) .264-11-56 2011 .268-12-64
Avila 2012 (on pace) .234-11-45 2011 .295-19-82
Peralta 2012 (on pace) .258-9-41 2011 .299-21-86
Raburn 2012 (on pace) .168-2-18 2011 ..256-14-49
The trading deadline can change the look of a team instantly. Today, the White Sox improved their squad with the addition of Kevin Youkilis. The Tigers may make moves of their own, but the pieces in place got it done last year. They just need to step it up.