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Detroit Tigers Ranking High on the 2017 Shredder Top 10 List

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Sep 4, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) hits a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) hits a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher
May 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher /

The Pitchers and Catchers

Starting Pitcher: The Shredder and the humans had difficulty coming to a consensus on the top 10 best pitchers. They did agree on the two best, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, but the rest weren’t even close. Only one Tiger starting pitcher appeared on the Mike Petriello’s Top 10 List: Justin Verlander. The Ace finished in the seventh spot. The Shredder did not recognize JV for the skills he showed in 2017. He did give up the most home runs in 2016 – along with teammate Anibal Sanchez.

The other pitchers who appeared on the Shredder included Madison Bumgarner (3), Corey Kluber (6), Chris Sale (7), and Noah Syndergaard (9). It did not include pitchers like David Price, Chris Archer, Rick Porcello, and Jake Arrieta. Even Jose Fernandez, Jacob deGrom, and Zack Grienke did not make it. This shows us how good starting pitching is across the board in the MLB, both the AL and NL.

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Unfortunately, catchers and relief pitchers have not yet been released by MLB Network and the Shredder. Like center field, the Tigers most likely will not have any relievers on the Top 10 list. If any do show up, it would Francisco Rodriguez – but it is difficult to compete against Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, and Zach Britton.

The Shredder’s catcher has not yet been released and it is safe to say that James McCann will not be on the list. While he is a top defensive catcher, his hitting leaves much to be desired. As usualy, the top catchers should include Salvador Perez, Gary Sanchez, Jonathan Lucroy, Yadier Molina, and Buster Posey. McCann will get his turn, eventually; but, he has to get that swing to make more contact.

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How accurate is the Shredder? It’s hard to argue against the numbers, but there is something to be said for a bit of human bias.

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