Alex Avila clubs opposite-field solo shot, Tigers up 3-1

One of the reasons the Tigers were supposed to win their division by a dozen games was that Alex Avila was supposed to be something close to the historically great catcher he was last season. If you believe in adjusted OPS, it was one of the 50-best seasons by a catcher in history. It was even better before he tired toward the end of the year.

This year, he's been perfectly average -- his OPS+ is 100, which is the very definition of average. He's still a net positive, of course, because it's nearly impossible to find an average-hitting catcher, but he certainly hasn't been as productive as he was last year.

But last year he was great in the regular season, and absolutely, stunningly, completely dreadful last year in the playoffs. -- 3-for-41 with a homer. I think he'd take an average regular season if it were paired with a monster postseason.

He's off to a good start, then:


That's a solo shot, and it put the Tigers up 3-1. And with Justin Verlander on the mound, that has to feel like a 5-1 lead.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.