Marc Krauss Homers in First Tigers At-Bat
It's a monumental hole to fill in the Tigers lineup when you talk about Miguel Cabrera and what he brings to the team offensively and defensively. On Tuesday Marc Krauss did his best Cabrera impression at the plate, homering in his first at bat.
Krauss, 27, is a journeyman player who was picked up off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays to try and help fill the hole left by Miguel Cabrera after he suffered a Grade-3 calf strain on the Fourth of July. Krauss has also spent time in an Astros and Angels uniform during his time in the majors.
Krauss is not exactly known for his bat. Prior to Tuesday's home run he was hitting a career .192 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs in 134 games with Houston, LA (Angels) and Tampa Bay collectively.
Defensively speaking he is a serviceable replacement for Cabrera. At first base, Krauss is a career .986 fielder with just five errors in three years. Cabrera by comparison, .993 fielding with 50 errors over seven years career at first.
Between Krauss, Andrew Romine and Alex Avila, for now at least, these three guys seemed to be tasked with replacing Cabrera in the interim while he recovers from injury. With the trade deadline looming it's a debate that has picked up a lot of steam whether the Tigers should make moves, though it was mostly pitching talk. Now there's an offensive need, if only temporarily.
Check out Krauss' home run here.