Justin Verlander has been a workhorse throughout his major-league career. After struggling in three May starts, people wondered if this was the new Verlander. Was Verlander really gone, now that he's returned to his old form?
The Detroit Tigers need an upgrade behind the plate, and fast. Current catcher Alex Avila is in the midst of a horrid slump, while Brayan Pena has served as a career backup and doesn't look like the answer. The only hope is to go shopping for an answer.
Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers go hand-in-hand. When you think of one, you think of the other. Cabrera has been a fixture of the Tigers organization during his six years with the team, leading them to new heights. But it nearly never happened.
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta was in danger of losing his job with the Detroit Tigers last offseason. The Tigers were looking for upgrades, but they've found one in an improved Peralta, who has become the American League's best shortstop in 2013.
The Detroit Tigers lacked a true right fielder and number two hitter, that was, until the team opted to sign veteran Torii Hunter last offseason. Hunter has proved to be a worthy asset, immediately becoming their best signing in over nine years.
When the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals met for the first time in 2013, there was a relatively quiet storyline that occurred. It marked the first time that baseball's present, Miguel Cabrera, and its future, Bryce Harper, met on the same field.
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is a superstar hitter. He hit for baseball's first Triple Crown in over 45 years in 2012. When it comes to Cabrera, repeating such a historic season in 2013 seems realistic after a much-improved start.
The Detroit Tigers have been known for their dominant starting pitching over the past few seasons. The Tigers and Justin Verlander will have another ace in their starting rotation, as one of their starters is ready, and good enough, to make the jump.