DETROIT -- Is Delmon Young quietly getting more selective at the plate? Time will give a better sample size, but the numbers over the past week and a half are somewhat startling.
Young had just eight walks in 82 games as of the Fourth of July, but he has had six walks in his last nine games entering Sunday's series finale against the Indians. He actually has as many walks as hits during that span. None of those walks have been intentional.
Before anyone credits the recent lineup move, note that only one those walks have come since Young moved down to sixth in the batting order behind Brennan Boesch.
The stretch has pulled him off the pace for the lowest ratio of walks per plate appearance this year. His .038 ratio ranks fourth among American League hitters, trailing White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (.024), Boston infielder Mike Aviles (.034) and Ichiro Suzuki (.036). Young's walks-to-strikeouts ratio (0.21) remains third-lowest behind Ramirez (0.19) and Baltimore's Chris Davis (0.20).