Yet even through platoon play, Ordonez is showing signs of peaking late. His hitting streak reached 14 games Saturday with his second three-hit game of September. Unlike his Sept. 1 game, all three hits were singles, but they were well-hit ground balls through the middle. Ordonez said after the game he's seeing the ball well, but didn't get into the hitting streak.
Add up the hits, and his September average is up to .464 (13-for-28), with an average of .291 since the All-Star break. It's fairly similar to his last healthy September and October, when he batted .439 (43-for-98) down the stretch in 2009. He had a higher slugging percentage that month, but he was also playing regularly.
At this point, Ordonez appears just about certain to make the postseason roster. If there was a question, it might be how often he starts in the Division Series, and who the Tigers would mix in, whether Andy Dirks or Don Kelly.