Even though the Tigers' early struggles have been well documented throughout the past month, there are still signs of life from various points of this truly deep roster.
One of those bright spots is Doug Fister.
After boasting an 8-1 record, as well as a 1.79 ERA and 0.84 WHIP, expectations were high coming into the 2012 season for Fister.
While no one expected Fister to perform as well as he did after the trade that undoubtedly helped send Detroit deep into the postseason, he has performed exceedingly well thus far.
He has yet to disappoint, and all signs point to another great year from one of the Tigers' biggest pitching acquisitions in recent memory.
Here are five reasons why Fister's stellar 2011 performance was not a fluke.