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The two are coming from opposite situations. One is trying to get as much as he can in the last years of a great career, the other is trying to produce to get his career solidified and started.
Unfortunately, they are both in the same boat for now when it comes to hitting and fielding. With Raburn hitting .213 and “Maggs” sporting a .217 average, the Tigers are seeing them as a liability rather than an asset.
Now here is what the Tigers can hope for in an at-best situation. Ordonez has been heating up lately, showing his career-.300 hitting self with going 8-for-26 before the break. So if what Ordonez was showing earlier is just a fluke, then expect him to be a pivitol hitter in pinch-hit or designated-hitter situations down the stretch. As far as fielding goes, sorry, but he will still continue to cover as much ground as a stalled car.
Raburn is fifth in homeruns for the team with eight and sixth in RBI with 31, so expect for him to keep his power, if not strengthen it, in the second half. The reason why his power will stay is because Raburn, to be quite frank, can’t be doing a whole lot worst at the plate. Fielding will hopefully improve if the skipper moves him out of second base, because I think I speak for most Tigers fans when I say I would rather have Jim Leyland himself play second.