-Brennan Boesch has started surprisingly well, with a .361/1/5 heading into Saturday. He is looking to improve on season last year that was white hot in the first half,and not so great in the latter half.
-Slugger Miguel Cabrera has also gotten off to a good start, with 3 dingers and a 391 average, as well as six walks.
-Alex Avila has looked good as well, with a 5 RBI game against Baltimore on Wednesday
-New $50 million man Victor Martinez, has had an average start, hitting .276 with a pair of home runs.
-Setup man Joaquin Benoit has appeared in four games thus far, letting up just one hit.
The Rest: Hitting
-Similarly to the Red Sox, the Tigers have struggled with averages in the bottom of the order. Magglio Ordonez is hitting just 235 with no home runs or RBIs.
-The Tigers have not been running at a high clip, with just 4 stolen bases and two from speedy leadoff hitter Austin Jackson.
-The left side of the infield has been hitting well. Former Indian Jhonny Peralta currently owns a .333 average and OBP with 3 RBIs, and third baseman Brandon Inge also has a .333 average and three doubles.
-Prospect second baseman Will Rhymes has not fared well so far at a position that has been a problem since the departure of Placido Polanco two years ago to Philly. Rhymes owns a .182 average with just one hit and one stolen base.
The Rest: Pitching
-Ace Justin Verlander has compiled 17 strikeouts in two starts, with one win and six earned runs.
-The other main horse of the Tigers rotation, Max Scherzer, has performed well so far, picking up two Ws with 9 K's and an ERA just over 5.50, at 5.71.
-Brad Penny and Rick Porcello have struggled a bit, with Penny giving up 12 earned runs in two starts and Porcello lasting 5 and two thirds innings in his first start against Baltimore on the 4th.
-Converted starter Phil Coke has not made a start yet, but pitched well in his ST starts and is scheduled to start Saturday against Bruce Chen.
-The bullpen has not blown a lead yet, with surprised roster spot-earning Brayan Villarreal earning a large share of innings at 4.1 innings in 4 games.
-Closer Jose Valverde, one time Astro, has converted both his save opportunities, including one at the home opener Friday. (BTW, the 44,799 people attending Opening Day the other day was third all-time in CoPa history.)
Sat, Apr 9 vs. KC: Coke vs. Chen L
Sun, Apr 10 vs. KC: Porcello vs. Hochevar L
Mon, Apr 11 vs. Tex: Verlander vs. Ogando L
Tue, Apr 12 vs. Tex: Penny vs. Wilson
Wed, Apr 13 vs. Tex: Scherzer vs. Lewis
After a 1-2 start in the Bronx, the Tigers seem to have it back on track. With a series against AL champs Texas coming up, however, Detroit will have to fight to keep a .500 record.
Edited by mgoblue2, 11 April 2011 - 05:12 PM.