Austin Jackson had a rough ALDS but his problems seem to be related to a minor hitch in his swing.

Ever since his excellent rookie season in 2010 Austin Jackson has been considered the catalyst of the Tigers offense. This assertion is far more than narrative at this point. In games that the Tigers have won over the past four years Jackson has a .376 on-base percentage and .850 OPS. In losses those figures drop to .300 and .637 respectively.

Considering those numbers it's surprising that the Tigers were able to reach the ALCS. Jackson as we all know was awful at the plate in the five game series against the Oakland A's. He had two hits in 20 at-bats along with a walk in Game 3. He also set the divisional series strikeout record with 13 in just 21 plate appearances.

It's one thing to watch a defensive specialist do this at the bottom of the lineup -- Jose Iglesias was 1-for-12 for what it's worth -- but a .143 on-base percentage from your leadoff hitter can be crippling to a lineup as top-heavy as the Tigers'. Simply put the Tigers aren't going to beat the Boston Red Sox if Austin Jackson doesn't start to hit better.

Prior to the 2012 season Jackson got rid of the wonky leg kick in his swing resulting in a sharp decrease in his strikeout rate and a career best .300/.377/.479 triple slash line with 16 home runs. His numbers dipped in 2013 partially due to an injury-riddled three week stretch in which he hit just .193/.264/.277. Overall his .333 on-base percentage .754 OPS and .332 wOBA were solid contributions for a lineup that ranked second in baseball in runs scored. Additionally Jackson's 21.0% strikeout rate was a career low.