Weekly Recap: Tigers salvage split with Red Sox, still can’t figure out division foes

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Prior to their 10-run explosion on Sunday in their 10-5 victory over Boston, the Tigers were averaging just three runs per contest in the previous six games last week. Simply put, the table setters in the lineup did not set the table and the run producers did not produce runs.

Ian Kinsler (1-for-24) and Tyler Collins (1×15) are going through some big slumps right now. The former is hitting just .233 this month and now has his season BA below .280, while the latter is now driving on the interstate in August (.196 BA this month) after hitting over .310 in July. Collins in particular will now see his time diminished to a reserve role now with Cameron Maybin returning from the disabled list.

Despite not having a lot opportunities to drive in runs last week, the tandem of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martínez did not fare well either against K.C. and Boston. The two combined to go just 7-for-41 (.171 BA) with three total RBI and one extra-base-hit.

So virtually 1-4 was absent last week, and hopefully the return of a regular like Cam Maybin can jump start everyone else. But one guy who is simply off the chain is J.D. Martinez. J.D. hit a cool .500 (13×26) last week, the next best hitter in that department for the Tigers last week was at .263 (newcomer Erick Aybar). Martinez since coming off the DL on August 3 is hitting the cover off the ball, .441 in 18 games played, currently riding a 12-game hitting streak. In fact, the only game he has not recorded at least one hit this month was back on August 8, a 3-0 loss to Seattle.

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