It might be a coincidence, but offense from designated hitters this season tracks relatively closely with the AL Central standings. Here is the production, or lack of it, teams are getting from the DH spot:
Indians: Edwin Encarnacion started slowly, and his slugging remains subpar, but his ability to get on base (sixth in the AL in walks) has made up for it. And Carlos Santana’s once-a-week DH stints have been terrific, with a 1.028 OPS.
Royals: Brandon Moss was their most celebrated offseason acquisition, but he’s been a bust as Kansas City’s replacement for Kendrys Morales thus far. Moss has hit nine homers but somehow has only 14 RBI, and his .266 on-base percentage is killing more rallies than he’s starting.
Tigers: Victor Martinez is 38, and his power is fading — with only five homers, he’s not likely to approach last year’s 27 — but his ability to draw an occasional walk still makes him valuable in the middle of Detroit’s lineup. His .733 OPS makes him an average DH, at least for one more year.
White Sox: The position is an on-base nightmare in Chicago, with nine players combining for a .199 average and .271 on-base percentage. Matt Davidson has five home runs in 19 games as a DH but is hitting .231 with a .265 OBP. Free-agent signee Cody Ashe has been even worse; in 14 starts, he is 6-for-48 with two walks, an offense-killing .192 OBP.