Team: Detroit Tigers
Record: 52-42 (1st Place)
Biggest Surprise of the First Half: Jhonny Peralta(?)
To be honest, how the season is unfolding in Detroit isn’t all too shocking on nearly any front. Most assumed the bullpen might be shaky. Many were positive the Tigers had a deep rotation. The defense was going to be mediocre. Miguel Cabrera is the greatest hitter on the planet. The AL Central looked soft. The Tigers being at the top of the Central simply isn’t too surprising at this point.
But if there is a positive “surprise” it’s probably Jhonny Peralta regaining All Star form after a down year in 2012. Peralta had a slash-line of .239/.305/.384 last season good for an OPS+ of a lowly 84. There was plenty of consternation over the off-season about having to “live with” Peralta at shortstop in the final year of his contract. Peralta isn’t a glove-centric shortstop. He has to hit to be valuable and last season’s showing inspired little confidence. However Peralta showed up in shape ...