"I'm still kind of mulling that over a little bit," manager Brad Ausmus said.
It's not an automatic matchup play. The Tigers' Opening Day opposing starter is right-hander James Shields, which would normally play into Davis' struggles against righties. However, right-handed batters have historically fared better against Shields, batting 15 points higher than lefties for his career and 39 points higher last year. Right-handed hitters produced a .272 average off Shields in 2013, compared with .233 from left-handed batters.
Davis is just 2-for-14 with three strikeouts for his career off Shields, but the two hits have come in the last two years. Don Kelly, for comparison's sake, is 1-for-6. Tyler Collins has never faced him, having never played in the big leagues, but there could be a trepidation to playing a rookie on Opening Day who has never hit above Double-A.
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