Not much is keeping Jhonny Peralta from swinging a productive bat lately.
Peralta had one hit, but it went for two RBIs and his batting average is now at .306.
Peralta usually has trouble with Cleveland’s Justin Masterson and was 1-of-17 against him before delivering a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning. That hit got Masterson out of the game. But Masterson complained later that he got his sinker up on the pitch and that anyone is going to be able to hit it in that case.
Perhaps that’s so, but Peralta is a patient enough hitter, who is also smart enough to wait for the pitch where he’s going to be able to give it a ride.
Peralta bats sixth in the Tiger order, but remains one of the team’s most dangerous hitters with seven home runs and 40 RBIs. He’s currently batting almost 40 points higher than his career batting average of .267.
Currently, only Miguel Cabrera at .361 is batting higher than Peralta of all the Tigers that were in Friday’s starting lineup. Peralta has been steady in their lineup all season and demonstrated once again that he’s capable of getting a key hit, no matter how tough the pitcher might be that he is facing. Next to Cabrera, he’s arguably the second most dangerous hitter for pitchers to face in the Tiger batting lineup at this particular time.