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Tigers may have no choice with Avila

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07:13 AM ET 05.22 | On the way to helping Max Scherzer to 6-0 on Tuesday night, Alex Avila has also had his struggles at the plate. Among all of [Avila's] graphic numbers for the Tigers, one, in particular, explains a former All-Star Game starting catcher's baffling issues in 2013. It's his previously faithful on-base percentage. Even a year ago, when he batted a so-so .243, he had a heavy .352 OBP. [Entering Tuesday's game, it was] .256 -- .172 spanning the last two weeks. He is batting .179 on the season. His slugging percentage is .304. ... If he doesn't pull out of this spiral, and in a hurry, the Tigers will be left with no practical choice but to return Avila, 26, to Triple A Toledo for a head-clearing stint that might put him back on track.

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May 22, 2013  07:51 AM ET

And who will catch these wonderful pitchers?

May 22, 2013  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And who will catch these wonderful pitchers?

Bring back Lance Parrish!

May 22, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Head clearing ... or confidence and morale damaging trip to AAA. Plus, as Lou points out, someone has to catch.

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May 22, 2013  10:25 AM ET

Why aren't the Indians getting more "love?" They deserve it....

May 22, 2013  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And who will catch these wonderful pitchers?

Brayan Pena. And they'll probably call up Bryan Holaday.

May 22, 2013  12:54 PM ET

The only reason why avial is still with the TIGERS is because of his papa.I would like to see a younger catcher move up and, the TIGERS trade avial drift pick that is the only thing avial is good for.

May 22, 2013  01:13 PM ET
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The only reason why avial is still with the TIGERS is because of his papa.I would like to see a younger catcher move up and, the TIGERS trade avial drift pick that is the only thing avial is good for.

Right, so his All-Star 2011 season (only a season + ago), when he batted .295 with an .895 OPS in 141 games and did a great job behind the dish calling the game and throwing out 32% of base runners, has absolutely nothing to do with him being in the majors. (all numbers via B-Ref)

The nepotism card is old and worn out at this point. You should have cashed this in back in 2010.

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May 22, 2013  06:59 PM ET

Ok, trade him to The Mets for Ike Davis, they would be happy to take him off your hands and in return you get a PROSPECT!!!

 
May 22, 2013  07:23 PM ET
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Who the hell is avial?

A vial of stupid, it appears. I'm pretty sure the volume amounts to more than just that around these parts.

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