By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on June 18, 2014
The Detroit Tigers are in second place in the AL Central, but they still look to be the best team in their division. Any team with the name recognition that the Tigers have is always going to be dangerous, and will also always have lots of players in the All-Star Game. Here are five Tigers who belong on the AL All-Star team.
Miguel Cabrera is really good at baseball. In 286 plate appearances, he is hitting .319/.374/.549 with a 151 wRC+. Cabrera leads the Tigers with a 2.5 fWAR and has 12 home runs and 56 RBI. He is a no-brainer to make the All-Star roster.
Ian Kinsler is second on the Tigers with a 2.4 fWAR. His value comes just as much defensively as it does offensively, and he’s hitting .291/.321/.454 with a wRC+ of 112.
Victor Martinez is actually having a much better offensive season than Cabrera, hitting .337/.391/.604 with a 167 wRC+. He is striking out (6.7 percent) less than he is walking (8.8 percent). He doesn’t bring any defensive value, but he can swing the lumber as a designated hitter.
In 98.1 innings, Max Scherzer has a 3.84 ERA and a 3.26 FIP. He is dominating opposing hitters with 10.16 K/9. Wins aren’t a great stat anymore, but he is 8-3 on the season and some people do still care about that.
In just 62.2 innings, Anibal Sanchez’s fWAR is just 0.1 lower than Scherzer’s at 2.0. Sanchez has a 2.44 ERA and a 2.32 FIP while putting up decent strikeout numbers.
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