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Detroit Tigers: Four Players Who’ve Carried Team So Far

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Apr 12, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) receives congratulations from third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) after scoring in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) receives congratulations from third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) after scoring in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 16, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) celebrates with third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers players have had trouble sustaining success as a team so far this season. The streaky Tigers have been carried by a few players’ performances.

Detroit Tigers fans haven’t been thrilled with the start of the season. The team has been streaky at best, looking good for stretches, and then slumping for a handful of games.

To start the year, Brad Ausmus’ team won six of eight games. Following that stretch, which included series wins over the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, the Tigers lost six of nine against Houston, Kansas City and Cleveland.

Despite the losses, the team rebounded and won six of seven against the Athletics and Twins.

That brings us to the most recent grouping of games, which saw Ausmus’ club swept by both Cleveland and Texas.

One reason for the streakiness is that Detroit is having a hard time putting it all together. The Tigers’ offense has looked fantastic at times, and dreadful at others. In terms of pitching, Jordan Zimmermann has been the only constant. Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer have shown well in limited starts, but other than that it has been a struggle.

The bullpen has been solid, but the team has been unable to fire on all cylinders on a consistent basis. So far, the team has been carried by a few players off to strong starts. Here are four of those players.

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