Even with the Detroit Tigers season dripping down the drain, there is something a few players on the roster might be able to look forward too, the MLB All-Star Game.
The MLB All-Star Game this year is right around the corner. The event is slated for July 9th this year with Cleveland having the honors to be the city to host it. The Detroit Tigers currently sit in fourth place in the AL Central, leaving many fans with an all too familiar taste in their mouth. However, there are a few Tigers that haven’t let the circumstances deter them from performing out on the field. These are the three Tigers that have the best shot at securing an All-Star Roster spot.
Detroit Tigers- Miguel Cabrera
Even at the age of 36, Miguel Cabrera is still producing. The 11-time All-Star and two-time AL MVP is currently Detroit’s best offensive player. Yes, being the Tiger’s best bat isn’t the most impressive thing nowadays; however, Cabrera’s numbers aren’t anything to overlook.
Although his power hitting has seemed to disappear, Cabrera is still a major player for the Tigers’ offense. His BA of .294 is a team high and he also leads the Tigers with 29 RBIs as well. Compared to the rest of the AL, Cabrera’s batting average is top 20 out of all players.
Cabrera’s popularity alone can also massively increase his chances of playing in the All-Star Game. The future Hall-of-Famer has fans all across the globe. Two years ago, Cabrera was hitting .249 and last season injuries held him to only 38 total games. This season, Cabrera is helping the Tigers in any way possible, and he should have the opportunity to represent the Tigers in the All-Star Game.
Detroit Tigers- Matthew Boyd
Matthew Boyd is currently having a career season. He currently has a 3.35 ERA with 112 strikeouts in his 88.2 innings pitched. His 3.35 ERA is 12th among AL starting pitchers, with his strikeout total being the 4th highest in the American League.
At just 28 years of age, Boyd has become one of the more popular players among fans for his ability to get paint the corners and get outs. He hasn’t gotten much national attention in his career but this year that could change. His name has been mentioned in plenty of trade rumors with teams finding interest in Boyd’s play. If selected to rep the Tigers, this would be his first All-Star selection, and it would be great to see him compete in Cleveland for all he has done for Detroit this year.
Detroit Tigers- Shane Greene
The no-brainer selection has to be Shane Greene. All year, he has impressed Detroit fans with his ability to hold leads late in the game. He is tied at first for saves in the AL this year. Both Greene and Cleveland’s Brad Hand currently have a total of 20 saves. Greene’s ERA is also precisely at 1.00 in his 27-innings pitched, which is incredible. Not to mention his 29 strikeouts in that time frame to boot.
Greene has been the reason Detroit has won most of their games. The closer has 20 saves to pair with Detroit’s 25-42 record. Detroit’s offense hasn’t been able to produce high scores, often leaving them in constant close game scenarios. Greene has proven time and time again that fans can trust him to send them home happy with a win when the opportunity arises.
These recent performances have put the 30-year-old at the top of many club’s possible trade candidates. However, if Greene stays set in Detroit, it would be lovely to see him sport a Tigers’ uniform on a national stage.
The MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 9th at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. If fans what to see their Tigers represent the American League, make sure to cast your ballot at MLB.com/all-star. Voting ends on June 21st.