Nice Two meet you!
One of the problems the Tigers have had to deal with this season on the offensive side is the lack of production from the two spot in the lineup. Brandon Inge has done a terrific job of getting on base from the lead off spot, but the two hole has been a different story. It takes a special hitter to be able to thrive in that spot in the lineup. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Alan Trammell has had to search for someone who can do the job. I think he’s found one. With Ugueth Urbina now the Phillies problem, the trade that sent him packing has netted perhaps a key component to turning the offense around. Placido Polanco is a great catch. The talented infielder will the give Tigers the solid number two man they have needed all season with Carlos Guillen in and out of the lineup. The numbers are very telling. Detroit has used a total of ten different players in the two spot this year. Until now, only Guillen has had some success in that spot. Guillen was batting .313 in the two hole, but he is currently on the DL. The Tigers as a team were hitting .243 from the two spot including Guillen’s numbers. Without Carlos in the lineup, they hit .209. The MLB average from the two spot is .266.
Mr. Polanco has quickly provided a spark to the lineup. In his four games with the Tigers, all in the #2 position, Placido is hitting a cool .438 (7-16) with four runs scored. Not only can he do it with the bat, but his glove is way above average as well. When I said he was a nice catch, I meant it literally.
The Tigers certainly have more to worry about than just the lack of production out of the two spot, but the addition of Polanco, with a healthy Guillen and Ordonez, should make this a potent lineup in the second half of the season.