It took 15 days, but Aubrey Huff’s bat finally arrived in Detroit in time for Tuesday’s game against the Indians. In four plate appearances, Huff (2-for-2, R, three RBI) managed to double his offensive output since joining the Tigers.
It was the trade that everyone said the Tigers needed make to stay afloat in the division and the Tigers eventually went ahead and made it. But even without any help from Huff in his first half-month in a Detroit uniform, the Tigers managed to remain exactly where they were when they got him.
A productive Aubrey Huff down the stretch will make the Tigers that much more dangerous, and that much more stable at the top of the division. A productive Huff would provide a huge boost to a lineup that still seems to have more struggles than successes.
But I’m not ready to crown Huff as the savior of the offense just yet. He’ll need to hit with regularity with runners on base, he’ll need to help carry the team when no one seems to be hitting, and he’ll need to do this even when he’s not facing Indians pitching (worst ERA in MLB).
If Huff’s play in the batter’s box can be more than just a one game cameo appearance—and I’m hoping it will—the Tigers should be able to cruise into October.
Aubrey’s numbers were bound to spike at some point, he has too good of a track record to slump for the rest of the season. Let’s hope the slump is over. Let’s hope that this is the Aubrey Huff we see the rest of the way.
Let’s hope Tuesday’s performance was not just a cameo.
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