The biggest question mark coming into this season had to be whether the Tigers could replace Curtis Granderson’s athleticism and power.
Rookie Austin Jackson has proved an apt leadoff man, leading the team in hits and stolen bases while currently tied with Johnny Damon for runs scored.
Brennan Boesch has provided the muscle, batting in 19 runners in nearly as many games, slugging a team-leading .654 and heading the Tigers lineup in batting average.
He had crucial and even decisive parts in last weeks feel-good victories over the mighty Yanks and Red Sox.
Recent call-ups Casper Wells and Danny Worth made sure Justin Verlander chalked up his fourth win in as many games. Their stay will be temporary, but the talent is impressive.
It’s almost a shame the Tigers must yield second base to old man Carlos Guillen when he returns from his rehab assignment that starts this weekend. It seems like the younger this roster gets, the better it performs.
As another example, Don Kelly has certainly made an impact since he started making regular appearances in Detroit last year.
The only real bad apple in this harvest has been Max Scherzer, who probably will be in Toledo for a while with a very capable Armando Galarraga back on the hill.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rick Porcello head to Ohio for a while either. What is the consensus out there on his poor performance so far?
About the Author
Written by Shane Liebler
Detroit native, Syracuse enthusiast, St. Bonaventure graduate, former reporter, higher editor @ SUNY Oswego.