When the Detroit Tigers brought in Torii Hunter after years with the Los Angeles Angels, expectations were pretty decent but not terribly high. A lot of people, myself included, considered his best days behind him when he arrived in Tigers town. Maybe they are but for the first several games of the 2013 season, Hunter and his outfield counterpart Austin Jackson are putting together a ton of good work day after day.
Combined the two are batting at a whopping .409 clip while scoring 10 runs. Their work in the outfield has been great as well with Hunter proving to anyone and everyone what the Angels really are missing out in right field this year. With the powerful guys that are loaded in the line-up behind them, hitting Jackson and Hunter one-two might be one of the great moves by legendary manager Jim Leyland.
This Tigers team isn’t getting a ton of press with the other wild things going on around baseball right now. Soon enough though things will settle down and then the real leaders of the divisions will show up. As long as Jackson and Hunter keep setting the table the way they are for the Tigers, I see no way in the world this team won’t be in the hunt all season long. They won’t have an easy time of it for sure but they will surely be part of the race all season.