5 Detroit Tigers Worthy of MLB All-Star Selection in 2013
5 Detroit Tigers Who Should be All-Stars
The Detroit Tigers have been on a tear lately, racking up wins in four of the past five games and moving 5.5 games ahead of the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians in the American League Central.
Winning has become a familiar occurrence for Detroit in the past couple of seasons. Making it to the postseason has become almost an expectation for the Tigers, and not making it is just a plain disappointment — it has to be since the team has one of the best lineups and pitching staffs in all of baseball.
You can't really talk about the Tigers without talking about the best hitter in the world -- Miguel Cabrera. He's hitting the cover off the ball and having a blast while doing so. He doesn't treat the game as a job, but more of a game as it should be treated.
All too often these days, you see players not enjoying the game enough. They look uninterested and just plain bored and robotic. Cabrera has broken that mold and maybe he will be the reason that the attitude will eventually not be the norm in MLB.
Jim Leyland may receive a lot of criticism from fans and experts alike, but he has evolved this team from a bottom-dweller to an instant contender.
While many players have been impressive for the Tigers, there have been a few disappointments on this club as well.
Guys like Justin Verlander and Andy Dirks were expected to do big things this season, but have yet to impress.
All disappointments aside, here are the top five Tigers who deserve to be All-Stars this season.
Anibal Sanchez, SP
Leading the team in ERA and second in strikeouts is enough to get my vote. Anibal Sanchez has been phenomenal for the Tigers and was a steal at the trade deadline last season. With a near no-hitter and a 17-strikeout performance under his belt this season, I'd be shocked if he wasn't chosen.
Prince Fielder, 1B
Prince Fielder is a power-hitting star. Ever since joining the league, he has been known for his sweet swing and his home run trot. He is hitting nearly .300 with 12 home runs (second on the team), and his 51 RBIs is one of the best marks in the league.
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Jhonny Peralta is in the midst of a performance-enhancing drug controversy and could see himself suspended for 100 games, but for now, he's hitting better than he ever has. Leading all shortstops with a .339 average, he should definitely be a leading candidate.
Max Scherzer, SP
Max Scherzer has quickly become a household name and quite possibly the most impressive pitcher on the Tigers' staff. It took him a while, but he dropped his ERA considerably throughout the season and leads the team in strikeouts. While he won't make the team with a 3.24 ERA, he still has a month to drop his ERA a bit more and become an All-Star.
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
You knew I wasn't going to forget this guy. Cabrera is a no-brainer choice for the All-Star team in 2013. He's on pace to win another Triple Crown, hitting .361 with 18 homers and 69 RBIs. He has been nothing short of amazing this season. It's not often that you see an MVP get even better.