Boesch battling extended slump

Boesch battling extended slump

Boesch battling extended slump
ARLINGTON -- Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch had his four-hit game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 13, and he had four hits in the 37 at-bats that followed, which is almost as big of a skid as his 2-for-38 stretch before that trip to Cincinnati and Chicago earlier this month.

When he was mired in that skid, the Tigers tried some adjustments with him, comparing video from this year to last to find out that he was opening up in his swing too early sometimes. There is no such talk at this point.

Boesch has seemingly been caught in between on some at-bats, hesitating to swing and ending up late on some pitches as a result. On other occasions, he has taken strikes. Much like his last slump, though, Boesch's strikeout rate hasn't been abnormally high.

Boesch dropped from sixth to eighth in the batting order, with Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta moving up in Wednesday's finale with the Rangers. That's about the extent of the reaction at this point from the Tigers, who don't have a whole lot of options at their disposal.

With Andy Dirks still shelved and not looking like he's on the road to a return anytime before the All-Star break, Boesch is going to continue to get a regular diet of at-bats while he tries to work through it, at least against right-handed pitchers. That said, the Tigers have felt the drop in production, even with Quintin Berry filling the second spot in the order nicely.