Posted December 18, 2011 on
Kept on the roster to be a super-utility player in 2011, Don Kelly ended up with a much larger role as others struggled. Will that continue into 2012?
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The Detroit Tigers have yet to make a significant move in free agency this off season, which has left us Tigers fans left wondering who they are looking at. We have heard all kinds of rumors of players they were linked to and didn’t sign in the last month. Most recently Jimmy Rollins who re signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for 3 years $33M. So decided to put together...
Key Stats: Max Scherzer is ranked higher here than anywhere else, but in terms of starting pitchers I only rank him 35th, so it's not too different from Tristan Cockcroft. Scherzer took a step back in the numbers from 2010, but was better than some of those numbers would indicate. His xFIP was lower than his FIP by almost 0.70 runs and his K:BB was up about 0.5 versus the 2010...
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Tigers ace Justin Verlander won the American League MVP and Cy Young awards this past season. Last week he added a Greatness in Baseball Yearly Award to his honors. A winner in the starting pitcher category with 58% of the votes, the right-hander recorded his second career no-hitter and had the AL's first 24-win season since 1990.
Two Tigers were awarded GIBBY Awards for their stellar performances in 2011. Justin Verlander was voted the game's top starting pitcher, while Jose Valverde took home the honor for baseball's best closer.
The American League has a new power-vs.-power matchup: Albert Pujols vs. Justin Verlander. They know each other a bit through interleague play and the 2006 World Series. Pujols is 5-for-10 lifetime off Verlander. He also has drawn five walks (two of them intentional) off Verlander, who has struck him out three times.