2016 Detroit Tigers Fun Facts (Fulmer, JV, Miggy)

detroit tigersWell, the 2016 season is a wrap and we’re in to awards and hot stove season.  Before we get to the hot stove, lets look at some fun facts for a few of the Tigers this season…

  • For as bad a start to the year that Justin Upton had, he still finished with a 2.0 WAR, just 0.9 behind the 2017 top free agent Yoenis Cespedes 2.9
  • American League Rookie of the Year, Michael Fulmer out shined the player he was traded for (Cespedes), with a 4.9 WAR
  • In comparison, Fulmer’s mentor Justin Verlander had a 4.0 WAR in his Rookie of the Year season
  • While we’re talking Rookie of the Year…the media is saying Gary Sanchez was snubbed, and although he went on a tear over 53 games, his 3.0 WAR is nowhere in comparison to Fulmer’s
  • In regards to Miguel Cabrera, after the 2016 campaign, he is now shy of 500 home runs by 54, which he should surpass at some point in the 2018 season
  • Cabrera is also on target of only being the 5th Major Leaguer to have more than 2,000 RBI with 1,516 currently. Can you name the 4 Major Leaguers? (answer below and I bet you can only get 3 of 4)
  • As Cabrera marches on in his Hall of Fame career, one of my favorite things to look at is the similarity scores for players and how their stats match up. Cabrera if his career ended today (knock on wood), his raw stats would compare most to Vladimir Guerrero.  Fine, but then looking at who he compares most to through an age 33 season is where it gets impressive.  The top four are Albert Pujols, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, and Mel Ott.  Not bad…
  • Staying with Miguel Cabrera, if he makes 3 more All-Star games, he will surpass Harmon Killebrew for most All-Star games for a first baseman with 14.
  • Going back to Justin Verlander, he’s up for the American Cy Young Award, and may be considered a dark horse to win it, but check out this chart put together by Bless You Boys…


  • Rick Porcello does a good job with the eye test with his 22 and 4 record, but take a look at the runs support. Corey Kluber went on a tear, but he lead in no major category, and then look at Verlander.  Outside of win/loss, where he isn’t the best in that category, he is close, and did this with the worst run support out of any of the candidates
  • Regardless of the outcome, it was great to see JV bounce back with the 3rd best WAR season of his career (6.6), his 2nd best K/9 rate, and his best K/BB rate
  • Interestingly enough, when looking at those similarity scores that I mentioned for Miguel Cabrera above, JV compares best to Roy Oswalt for current raw stats, and Mike Mussina through their age 33 season. A very close second however, is none other than Hall of Famer John Smoltz.

Answer to 2000+ RBI: Hank Aaron (2297), Babe Ruth (2214), Alex Rodriguez (2086), Cap Anson (2075)

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