MLB Post All-Star Break Review: Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers are for another season atop the AL Central one season after being swept in the series by the San Francisco Giants. Detroit has been playing great ball at home all season going 37-19 and on the road they have still been tough with a 32-29 record. The Kansas City Royals are still in striking distance of Detroit just 7 games behind and 4.5 games from a wild card berth the Tigers will need to stay sharp to fend them off.
Starter Max Scherzer has been stellar this season with a 17-1 record, a 2.84 ERA , and 175 strikeouts. Scherzer has been so efficient he has allowed just 51 runs (50 earned) over 23 starts and 158 innings pitched. Justin Verlander is by no means matching his last years production but is pitching good none the less with a 12-8 record, 3.58 ERA, and 154 strikeouts in 158 innings. Rounding out the rotation is Anibal Sanchez (10-7, 2.58 ERA), Doug Fister (10-6, 3.60 ERA), and Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.32 ERA).
Joaquin Benoit has been perfect in relieving this season making good on all 14 of his save opportunities and sporting a 1.53 ERA over 47 innings of relief. The same could not be said of Jose Valverde who has struggled blowing three of his twelve save opportunities and sporting a 5.59 ERA at the time of his release last week.
The Detroit Tigers are home to the best hitter in baseball third baseman Miguel Cabrera who is hitting an insane .366 average, 37 home runs, 111 RBI’s, and 69 walks this year. Right Fielder Torii Hunter is adding another stellar year to an already impressive resume with a .311 average, 13 home runs, and 60 RBI’s. Short Stop Johnny Peralta is also hitting above 300 with a .305 average, 11 home runs, and 54 RBI’s on the season.
The Detroit Tigers are built to go deep in the playoffs again this season. With a great pitching rotation and solid lineup the Tigers could very well be competing for another championship and will be a tough team to beat come post season.
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