To say the Detroit Tigers offense is a disaster would be an insult to disasters. The Tigers offense is horrid, awful, asleep at the wheel… use whatever analogy you want. They’re bad right now. Detroit has been shut out twice in the last 5 days and has been held to two runs or less in 24 games so far this season. They’ve played 50 games total, so in half their games, the offense hasn’t shown up.
Contributing to this offensive catastrophe is the fact that manager Brad Ausmus continues to play utility man Hernan Perez. Perez has absolutely no place on this roster, let alone the starting lineup (he’s started four of the past five games). He is hitting an abysmal .061 this season. That’s two hits in 33 at-bats. WHY THE HELL IS HE ON THIS TEAM!?! Perez is a career .160 hitter, after yet another “0 for” night at the dish on Friday in the Tigers 2-0 loss to the Angels. For some reason that God only knows, Ausmus continues to play this guy, even though Perez doesn’t have a hit since APRIL 27TH!!! That’s over a month.
It’s not like Perez has base-running skills, or power at the plate, or anything that remotely makes his appeal to a team like the Tigers. What can he do? He can play just about every infield position. That happens to be the exact same skill Andrew Romine possesses, which makes Perez’s spot on this team even more questionable.
Now let me make this clear: The Tigers offensive struggles are not solely because Perez has struggled. Plenty of other players aren’t doing their part either. Nick Castellanos needs a AAA visit, and to put it simply, the Tigers aren’t getting timely hits.
That being said, there is one move general manager Dave Dombrowski needs to make right now and its releasing Hernan Perez. Having Perez up with the big club only speaks volumes for exactly how weak the Tigers minor league system is, but that’s a topic for a different day. Adios, Hernan. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.