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The Tigers missed the post season for the second straight season, despite a nearly $200 million dollar payroll.  A lot of that payroll went to veterans Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera.  Both earned every penny.  Cabrera just earned another player of the month honor for a torrid September. Verlander was solid, going 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA.

"A lot of hard work for naught," Verlander said. "You can't say a wasted year because we battled and we gave it everything we had. ... Still, all the hard work in the offseason, all the hard work during the season, and then it comes to an end on the last day. It's tough."

There were lots of bright spots for the Tigers.  Veterans Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez had solid seasons, as did younger players like J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos.   Cameron Maybin hit.315 and provided speed in the outfield and on the bases.

A big bright spot was the pitching of rookie Michael Fulmer, and youngsters Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd showed some real promise down the stretch.

That’s the good.  Tomorrow, I’ll look at the bad, and lay the blame for a failed season.

Pos Name Age G HR RBI SB  BA
1B Miguel Cabrera 33 158 38 108 0                 .316
2B Ian Kinsler 34 153 28 83 14                .288
3B Nick Castellanos 24 110 18 58 1                .285
CF Cameron Maybin 29 94 4 43 15                 .315
RF J.D. Martinez 28 120 22 68 1                .307
DH Victor Martinez# 37 154 27 86 0                .289

 

Name Age W L ERA SV IP SO
Justin Verlander 33 16 9 3.04 0 227.2 254
Michael Fulmer 23 11 7 3.06 0 159 132
Francisco Rodriguez 34 3 4 3.24 44 58.1 52
Bruce Rondon 25 5 2 2.97 0 36.1 45
Daniel Norris* 23 4 2 3.38 0 69.1 71