After returning from the bereavement list on Friday, Eloy Jimenez suffered what at the time looked to be a pretty bad injury during that roller coaster 12-11 victory over the Tigers. Thankfully X-rays were negative, but for now he’s headed to the 10-day injured list with an an ankle sprain. Before the injury and his stint on the bereavement list, he was struggling quite a bit at the plate. In his prior seven games, he racked up eight strikeouts and was hitting at a .148/.179/.296 clip. With these struggles, many people would suggest moving him down in the order. I’m over here saying that he should actually move up in the order.
Hear me out. For most of the season, he’s been hitting sixth. While there’s been plenty of talent in front of him, there isn’t too much to be scared about after him. There’s no protection in Adam Engel and Yolmer Sanchez whatsoever. Pitchers can pitch around him and not give him much to hit because of the inferior personnel hitting behind him. If Eloy was hitting third just behind Moncada and ahead of Abreu, Anderson, and Alonso, he could start seeing some better pitches to hit, which would help him get out of this slump.
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