Originally posted on The Majors Detroit  |  Last updated 6/3/13
What should the Tigers do with the Alex Avila problem. He is a black hole in the bottom of the lineup that is essentially four free outs a game. There is no need to bring in a lefty out of the bullpen at then end the game to play the match up, an average righty will just eat him up. Just two years ago, Avila started the All-Star game and received MVP votes, but this season he couldn’t hit the ball if it were a beach ball. There is no doubt that Avila is the better defensive catcher when compared to backup Brayan Pena. Avila is also superior with his handling of the game and the pitching staff. Pena has no background that could suggest that he could keep up the .329 on base percentage or .307 batting average he currently holding on to, whereas Avila has had a OBP of .350 or more in 3 of his 4 full seasons. Pena isn’t the answer to this puzzle. The only reason he is still in the league is because he’s a switch hitter that handles a pitching staff well enough and doesn’t command a high...
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