5 Biggest Question Marks Currently Surrounding The Detroit Tigers

5 Biggest Question Marks Currently Surrounding The Detroit Tigers

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The first-place Detroit Tigers currently have a comfortable five-game lead over the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central, and many are convinced that they are destined for their fourth consecutive division title. However, there are still a few questions surrounding this very good club that many would like to see answered. Without further ado, here are five of the biggest questions currently on the minds of Tigers fans.

5. Will J.D. Martinez Continue To Swing A Hot Bat In The Second Half?

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5. Will J.D. Martinez Continue To Swing A Hot Bat In The Second Half?

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J.D. Martinez was one of the most pleasant surprises for the Tigers in the first half of the season, hitting .346/.380/.654 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs. However, he is batting only .133/.161/.167 with zero home runs and one RBI since the All-Star break. According to reports, he has been bothered by a quad injury as of late, which could perhaps help explain his slow start to the second half. Hopefully he can pick up the pace again.

4. Could The Tigers Use An Extra Left-Handed Bat?

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4. Could The Tigers Use An Extra Left-Handed Bat?

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With the exception of the switch-hitting Victor Martinez, the Tigers have not been getting much run production out of the left side of the plate this season. Alex Avila, Don Kelly and Andrew Romine have all had their issues at the plate in 2014. The Tigers are still hoping for Andy Dirks to return at some point to help with this problem, but they should also have a plan B in place. Trading for someone such as Ben Zobrist may be a good idea.

3. Could The Tigers Use A Veteran Infielder?

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3. Could The Tigers Use A Veteran Infielder?

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Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos and shortstop Eugenio Suarez, who are both rookies, have each been impressive this season. However, the Tigers are quite arguably taking the path less traveled by relying so heavily on youth on the left side of their infield. Although Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski recently stated he does not see the Tigers trading for a veteran infielder, some believe experience could come in handy in the postseason.

2. Can Joe Nathan Be Trusted As Closer?

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2. Can Joe Nathan Be Trusted As Closer?

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Joe Nathan has had a rather uncharacteristic season thus far, currently pitching to the tune of a 4-3 record with a 5.73 ERA, a 1.49 WHIP and 21 saves in 26 opportunities. He has been better as of late, but he still has a long way to go to earn the trust of Tigers fans. The Tigers recently acquired Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers, who is ostensibly the backup plan if Nathan hits another rough patch.

1. Will Justin Verlander Bounce Back?

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1. Will Justin Verlander Bounce Back?

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Although Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Anibal Sanchez and Drew Smyly are all having good years, the Tigers still need Justin Verlander to be Justin Verlander if they wish to get to where they want to go. The Tigers are trying to win their first World Series in 30 years, and a vintage Verlander is essential to that mission. Verlander is currently only 9-9 with a 4.79 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP, but hopefully he will find his groove again by October.

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