Let's not panic
With monster hitter Miguel Cabrera serving a 10 day disabled list leave, the Detroit Tigers are currently sitting at .500 at 8 – 8, and I believe it’s fair to say that we as Tigers fans should NOT panic.
For only the second time in his career, having played a career total of 2,025 games since entering the majors in ’06, Cabrera has been placed on the disabled list due to a groin strain. So what does that mean for the Detroit Tigers? Cabrera, who is batting a .261 with nine RBIs, and three HRs was just starting to find his groove, as he went hitless for his first 12 at-bats. I think it’s hard to ignore the fact that losing Miggy means losing some big play, reliable hitting as well as some versatile and dependable play on defense.
Unfortunately, the Tigers have lost four consecutive games and have been plagued by injuries in the early part of their season.
If we look at the glass as half full and not completely empty, this temporary setback gives the Tigers, as well as the fans to see the talent that lies on the bench as well as allows the team to exercise some of their younger less experienced players.
While Cabrera joins shortstop Jose Iglesias, outfielder J.D. Martinez who started the season on the DL, outfielder Justin Upton, and newly acquired JaCoby Jones who literally just took a fastball to the mouth minutes ago from Minnesota Twins pitcher Justin Haley.
The team has called up John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo in place for Cabrera and will be batting seventh in the lineup. Thus far, Hicks holds a batting average of .424 with 12 RBI’s in 10 games for the Mud Hens, hoping that his numbers stay consistent while filling in, I honestly don’t see Ausmus and the Tigers falling too far behind in Miggy and company’s absence.
Sure it’s going to be a rough ten game stretch, but I believe the Tigers will have guys in place to manage a team that lacks star power from at the plate to bases to out in the outfield.
The team just needs to manage.