No Tigers baseball for a week, how are you managing? Here in Phoenix we’re prepping for another season of Arizona Fall League action. (More on that later.)
In the meantime, here are some odds and ends from the last week:
- If you’re still coming to grips with the notion of Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta manning the left side of the Tigers’ infield next season, here’s something I noticed that will either make you feel better or worse – and nowhere in between.
Based on this year’s stats, it appears that Inge and Peralta are practically twins:
2010 Stats Inge Peralta Games 144 148 At bats 514 551 Hits 127 137 Home Runs 13 15 RBI 70 81 Average .247 .249 On-base Percentage .321 .311 Slugging Percentage .397 .392 OPS .718 .703
Of Peralta, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski last Sunday said: “We don’t know what we will do with his ($7.25 million) option, but would like him back next year as our shortstop.”
I’m like many Tigers fans: skeptical, at best, about Peralta as a full-time shortstop. True, he’ll bring more pop to the position than either Danny Worth or Ramon Santiago. But that’s not saying much, is it? As for his defense, the 2010 edition of Baseball Prospectus described Peralta as “increasingly immobile.”
Gee, if we wanted an immobile shortstop, why not give the job back to Carlos Guillen?