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Detroit Tigers: Good Signs For the Rest of 2016

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Apr 8, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) during player introductions prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) during player introductions prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 12, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Justin Upton (8) receives congratulations from first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Superstars Will Start to Turn Things Around

The three names you’ll notice are missing on that list are Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Justin Upton. All three have excellent track records, and won’t continue to struggle as they currently are. The trio have combined to hit four home runs and drive in 17 runs. Martinez leads the trio with a .262 batting average, Cabrera is next at .232 while Upton rounds it out a .226.

Despite the slow starts, those track records that will help them turn it around. Martinez’ batting average will improve, as will just about every aspect of Cabrera’s stat line. What’s more, Upton isn’t going to hit below .230 and embody a walking strikeout all season.

These three will get better. Once they do, expect Detroit’s offense to soar to even greater heights. The addition of Cameron Maybin, who hit .267 last season with 59 RBI, 23 stolen bases, 18 doubles and 10 home runs for Atlanta last season, should also help. The former top prospect should provide a significant upgrade over Anthony Gose.

Gose has gotten off to a dreadful start, hitting only .200 in his first 12 games. He also holds the unfortunate distinction of having struck out in nearly 38% of his at-bats this season.

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