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Avila's Offensive Struggles Cause for Concern

Avila's production at the plate is getting worse

While some Tigers have had hot starts, and some slow starts, arguably no start to the season has been more scrutinized than the production of Alex Avila at the plate, and his continued struggles after his All-Star 2011 season. Just what should we make of Avila's start, and is this an ominous sign of future production?

Before we analyze what's currently happening, it can be wise to ground ourselves in what was expected of Alex Avila when he came up to Detroit. Tigers' fans obviously remember his impressive 2011 season, in which he was an All-Star and hit .295 with an .895 OPS, including 19 home runs and 33 doubles. Was that where many thought he'd be, or was that a career year in which he exceeded all reasonable...

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