The Detroit Tigers suffered a major blow to their lineup before the season started when shortstop Jose Iglesias went down for the season due to shin problems.
Shortstop Eugenio Suarez has done a great job as of recently filling in for Iglesias.
Recently called up, Suarez has been one of the Tigers best prospects in their farm system and has produced since day one.
In just ten games this season for the Tigers, Suarez has a batting average of .346 with three home runs and six runs batted in. Suarez has been exactly what the Tigers have been looking for at shortstop when it comes to producing at the plate.
While shortstop Andrew Romine is a decent defensive infielder, his lack of production at the plate has been on display in the 44 games he has played this season. Romine is currently sitting at a .216 batting average with only one homerun to show for it.
The addition of the 22-year-old Suarez is something that the Tigers are hoping can provide a boost to their team as they look to try and increase their lead in the American League Central.
As of late, the Tigers have struggled to get wins as they are now 36-30 after starting the season with a record of 24-12.
It seems like every game is a different story.
There tends to be games where the starting pitching is great, but there are no runs to support them. Then there are games where the starting pitching and runs are there, but the bullpen blows the game.
The struggles seem to be coming out of different directions for the Tigers as they hold a slim lead in their division. The addition of Suarez, though, could be the power they need to turn things around.
At this point in the season, the concerns are looking more and more like it could involve the Tigers pitching with pitchers like Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello struggling recently. The only way the Tigers can counter these pitching problems is to score runs and having Suarez’s bat hitting the way it has been as of lately could be the answer as he has had a hit in seven of the ten games he has played in this season.
All signs point to Suarez being the everyday starting shortstop unless he starts to cool down and the Tigers send him back down to Toledo.
Suarez is going to make sure that doesn’t happen.