The Detroit Tigers might have not got to the World Series this year, but they still will have plenty of reasons to celebrate in this past season.
Max Scherzer ended up winning the AL Cy Young title. While Miguel Cabrera may not have won his second straight Triple Crown, his performance this year was enough for him to earn him another AL MVP award.
Scherzer was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this past year, and he topped Japanese hurlers Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma to get the award. The right-hander ended the campaign with an incredible 21-3 record and a 2.90 ERA. Scherzer was not only dominant in the regular season, as he showed his versatility in the playoffs where he even came out of the bullpen to help the Tigers down the stretch.
The third baseman got 23-of-30 first place votes in a season where he finished with a .348/.442/.636 slash line, leading all of baseball in those three categories. Cabrera also lead the Majors in OPS (1.078) and OPS+ (187) while smashing 44 HR and driving in 137 RBI. It also needs to be highlighted that he did all of this while playing through several injuries that had him banged down the stretch.
The two Tigers were deservedly recognized, as they were the two best players in the AL in this past season. While it’s true that Detroit wasn’t able to get to the Series, the team has two building blocks where they can lay their foundation for years to come.
According to how the voting went, apparently managers also think these two players should be the building blocks of the franchise going forward.