The beard is gone, but is the hitting drought? Michael Young is 3-for-27 this postseason including 1-for-12 versus the Tigers. Furthermore, Young has reached safely in just two of his thirteen plate appearances against the Tigers including a single and walk.
"They've made their adjustments on him. They've been pitching him in a lot," Rangers hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said. "For Mike, the main thing is slowing it down and staying within his approach. The way they have pitched him, they kind of have gotten him out of his approach a bit. Consequently, there haven't been the hits in the at-bats that he'd like to have, but there's a lot of series left and I know he's going to come through."
Coolbaugh was a guest on the Rangers Baseball Tonight on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network before Game 4 in Detroit. Young was a career best .338 hitter (third highest in the American League) during a regular season that saw him reach 200 hits for the sixth time.
"He's probably the most prepared person in the game. He's watching video constantly, watching the opposing pitchers," Coobaugh said. "Just a true professional and that's why our team basically surrounds itself around him and looks up to him. Mike's going to be fine. Everybody goes through little spurts. It just happened to be right now."
Young is a .317 hitter in his career at Comerica Park and 3-for-6 in his career versus Game 4 starter Rick Porcello. Young is batting fourth and playing first base today.
Also on today's pregame interview, Coolbaugh talked about Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and more. Listen to the podcast.