The Detroit Tigers are through 85 games this season, sitting at 37-48. With the halfway point just crossed, here are our midseason awards.
It’s been an up-and-down season for the Detroit Tigers. Surprise performances from a few veterans kept the Tigers in the thick of things for the first part of the season. However, an ugly 11-game losing streak, marred by the firing of their pitching coach, Chris Bosio, has soured the season outlook. Not to mention an injury to superstar Miguel Cabrera and a very disappointing swan song for Victor Martinez.
However, a surprising pitching rotation led by Matthew Boyd has made for a better first half than many were expecting. Michael Fulmer has had his moments as well, and veterans Mike Fiers and Francisco Liriano have provided a big boost. John Hicks and JaCoby Jones have taken positive steps forward, and the Jeimer Candelario trade from last July looks like a complete steal already.
The magic of the rally goose has worn off, but to keep spirits positive we at Motor City Bengals are going to give out our midseason awards. There have been some fun and exciting performances this season, so let’s take a look at those as we gear up for trade season and the second half of the year. First up, the first-half MVP: