|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||420.00||15.00||.262||60.00||54.00||1.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Cleveland||9||2||0|| .300|| .333|| .222|
|vs Jimenez (Career)||22||5||1|| .409||.414||.227|
|vs RHP||96||19||4|| .284|| .344|| .198|
|05/22/2013||Ben Zobrist, RF TB||Dan Straily, SP OAK|
Alex Avila, C DET
Chris Archer, SP TB
|05/21/2013||Alex Avila, C DET||Matt Adams, 1B STL|
|05/21/2013||Nick Castellanos, RF DET|
Alex Avila, C DET
|Yadier Molina, C STL|
Alen Hanson, SS PIT
|Last 10 Games|
|Alex Avila sitting amid struggles at plate|
|by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com|
(5/22/13) Tigers catcher Alex Avila was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against Cleveland right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Avila won't be starting Thursday against Minnesota lefty Scott Diamond, either, the Detroit News reports.
That said, Tigers skipper Jim Leyland backed the slumping Avila as the team's everyday catcher. They are not yet ready to annoint Brayan Pena into that role.
"I don't want to indicate that Alex isn't our catcher," said Leyland. "He is our catcher."
Avila hasn't hit higher than .227 all season and his average hasn't been above .200 since April 11 except for one day. He's hitting just .155 since April 11 with two homers and eight RBI over 84 at-bats. Avila is hitting .053 against lefties but just .198 against righties.
"I did this with Pudge (Rodriguez) toward the end," said Leyland. "I played him, then sat him out, played him, then sat him out. He didn't particularly like it, but it actually worked pretty good. I'm not saying I'm trying that with Alex, but I have to do something. We'll get through it together, but right now you have to go with your gut. There's no magic formula. I've talked to him, but if one nice conversation could solve all the problems, it would have been solved a while back. But I don't have the answer. The kid is struggling — and as the manager, you feel sorry for him. Trust me."
|Alex Avila drives in three runs in win|
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(5/10/13) Tigers catcher Alex Avila drove in three runs as part of a 2-for-4 day at the plate Friday in a 10-4 win over the Indians. He doubled once and scored a run while raising his line to .202/.272/.351 in 103 plate appearances.
It's the first time since April 11 that Avila has owned a batting average over .200.
|Alex Avila out Sunday with an illness|
|by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com|
(5/5/13) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is out Sunday with an illness, MLive.com reports.
Avila was initially slated to catch Sunday's finale against Houston before the illness came up. Long-term effects are expected to be minimal. Brayan Pena will suit up in his place.
|Ready to call it a comeback for Alex Avila?|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/5/13) The tide is finally starting to turn for Tigers catcher Alex Avila. He's hit safely in four of his last five games through Saturday, batting .278 (5 for 18) with two home runs and four RBI.
Is it time to trust Avila in Fantasy? It's tough to say for sure since it's just a small sample size and Avila had a similar run earlier this season that didn't last. But I'm still not ready to give up on Avila for the season because there are still some indications the best is yet to come.
Avila's contact (72.9 percent) and swinging strike rates (11.3 percent), per FanGraphs.com, have been a little disappointing through the first month of the season. But Avila has just a .231 BABIP through 22 games, which is well below his career average of .319. Even though Avila struggled last season, he still had a .313 BABIP, so if he makes a little more contact, then the hits might start to fall. Also, Avila's home run to fly ball ratio is at 22.2 percent. It's definitely high and likely to come down, but when Avila has gotten under the ball, he's had good success at clearing the fences.
Look, you are not going to miss the boat if you have to drop Avila. I'm not totally convinced yet myself Avila will return to the form he had during his career year in 2011. But I'm willing to keep Avila on the radar because there is some hope for a turnaround.
|Alex Avila's homer leads Tigers to win|
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(5/3/13) Tigers catcher Alex Avila had a key, two-run home run in the ninth inning of Friday's game against the Astros, putting his team ahead 4-3 before Jose Valverde slammed the door in the bottom of the ninth. It was the only hit in four trips to the plate for Avila, who now has four home runs and a .179 batting average on the year.
|Alex Avila emerged from the 2011 season as one of the most productive catchers in Fantasy, and he appeared to be on the rise. As is often the case with catchers, though, Avila was hampered by a variety of injuries, including hamstring and knee issues, and his offense fell short of expectations in 2012. Avila continued to exercise good plate discipline, but for the bulk of the season, the power just wasn't there. He was particularly sluggish upon returning from a June disabled list stint; in his first 52 games upon being activated, he hit just two home runs and nine doubles. Even if Avila's woes can be chalked up to injuries, it's not especially comforting to Fantasy owners, who have to wonder if he can hold up as an everyday catcher. If Avila reverts to his 2011 form, he could be a steal on draft day, but last season's performance makes him too risky to draft prior to the middle rounds in mixed leagues. (Updated 12/4/12)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/23/13||MIN||7:08 pm||Scott Diamond|
|5/24/13||MIN||7:08 pm||Samuel Deduno|
|5/25/13||MIN||4:08 pm||Kevin Correia|
|5/26/13||MIN||1:08 pm||Mike Pelfrey|
|5/27/13||PIT||1:08 pm||Francisco Liriano|
|5/28/13||PIT||7:08 pm||Jeanmar Gomez|
|5/29/13||@ PIT||7:05 pm||A.J. Burnett|