Austin Jackson Coming Back Down to Earth After Return From DL

Austin Jackson Detroit Tigers

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Austin Jackson hit the ground running when he came back from the disabled list, but he has come back down to earth since.

The Detroit Tigers center fielder raised his batting average to a meager .160 over the past week by going 1-for-4 against the Toronto Blue Jays. To be fair, no one really had any success against R.A. Dickey Monday except for Omar Infante, who went 4-for-4 with a home run.  Outside of him, the Tigers registered just three hits.

Jackson has scored just four runs over the past seven games and hasn’t been able to drive the ball like he was when he returned from a pulled hamstring on June 14.

The Tigers’ offense seems to go as Jackson goes. In his first ten games since returning from the disabled list, Jackson hit .457 and scored 10 runs. The Tigers went 6-4 over that span. The past seven games have been a different story. The Tigers have lost six of those games and have struggled to provide constant threats on the bases.

There was a lot of talk about the Tigers’ offense struggling while Jackson was out, and he proved his value the instant he was inserted into the lineup. He’s the only base stealing threat the Tigers have and one of the only speed threats in the lineup.

The Tigers fell a half game out of first place with the loss to the Blue Jays as the Cleveland Indians did not play Monday. They finished the first half with a 43-38 record.  The Tigers will need to get things figured out quickly as they’ll face the Indians for four games after the conclusion of the series in Toronto.

The Tigers did announce Alex Avila‘s return from the disabled list.  Hopefully his return can help get the pitching staff back on track, but they need to figure out a way to produce more runs to help their pitchers out.

David Fouty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davefouty, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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