As the Detroit Tigers sink further below the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central standings, manager Jim Leyland will eventually have to face the truth—his lineup card is awful. Has a man who's forgotten more about baseball than most people know forgotten the ingredients of a good major league batting order?
One of the most glaring deficiencies for the Tigers has been the top two spots in the order. The fact that Brennan Boesch—a middle-of-the-order hitter—shares the team lead in stolen bases with speedy leadoff man Austin Jackson, says everything about Jackson's failure to reach base so far this season. Jackson's .178 BA will come up eventually, but the Tigers can't leave him in the leadoff role while he figures things out.
Almost as glaring, is the second spot in the batting order. Second baseman Will Rhymes and utility man Ramon Santiago are both hitting .200 and are the current holders of this slot.
How can the Tigers kick-start their offense?
Here's a look at a batting order which would help them restore the roar in the box score.