Detroit Tigers fans have seen the team begin 2017 in encouraging fashion. Entering Monday, Detroit sat alone atop the American League Central. The team’s offense should only continue to get better.
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila kept the team together in the offseason.
During a winter when trade rumors nearly ran rampant, the Tigers only dealt Cameron Maybin from the 2016 team.
That unit finished fifth in Major League Baseball in on-base percentage, 11th in runs scored and fourth in wRC+.
With a lineup still headlined by the likes of Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, Detroit is still fourth in wRC+. What’s more, they also rank in the top 15 in on-base percentage (10th) and runs scored (15th).
Kinsler, per usual, is filling up the stat sheet.
He’s collected seven runs scored, five RBI, two home runs and a double in 11 games.
What’s more, his 10 walks have helped him turn in a sparkling .404 on-base percentage.
However, outside of Kinsler and Justin Upton (.242 ISO, seven runs scored, five RBI and two home runs in 11 games), Detroit’s offense hasn’t been carried by the usual crowd of sluggers.
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Instead, the team has seen other contributors step up.
Additionally, Alex Avila is making the most of his limited playing time, with seven hits, five RBI, four walks, two home runs and a pair of doubles in 14 plate appearances.
There’s also JaCoby Jones, one of Maybin’s replacements, who currently owns a .795 OPS and 123 wRC+ while showing greatly-improved plate discipline.
Another one of Maybin’s successors, Andrew Romine, has already collected four extra-base hits.