Detroit Tigers: Second-Half Statistical Projections for Each Starter

Connor MuldowneyCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2012

Detroit Tigers: Second-Half Statistical Projections for Each Starter

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    There is no doubt about it—the Detroit Tigers have been one of baseball's biggest disappointments thus far.

    They have had their fare share of injuries this season, but that can't be the excuse for their underachieving start to the season. Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder have been the best hitters in the lineup and even some of the top hitters in the league.

    Here are the statistical predictions for all of the starters on the Detroit Tigers. This may be the team to watch out for in the second half of the season.

Austin Jackson

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    Austin Jackson is easily one of the best young hitters in the league today. He missed a few weeks in the first half of the season due to injury and that still didn't slow him down.

    Jackson is looking more and more like he could end up being better than the center fielder that he replaced: Curtis Granderson. Look for him to showcase his improved power in the second half, while hitting for average as well.

    First-Half Stats: .332 Avg, 9 HR, 38 RBI

    Projected Second-Half Stats: .320 Avg, 10 HR, 41 RBI

Quintin Berry

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    Quintin Berry is one of the biggest and best surprises that Detroit has seen this season. No one would have expected the 27-year-old rookie to contribute to the team as much as he has.

    Berry has seemingly come out of nowhere to give this injury-ridden team a much-needed boost. He will likely not hit for as high an average as he had in the first half of the season, but he will drive in more runs even with a reduced role once Andy Dirks and Victor Martinez come back.

    First-Half Stats: .299 Avg, 1 HR, 15 RBI

    Projected Second-Half Stats: .280 Avg, 2 HR, 22 RBI

Miguel Cabrera

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    There is no way that Miguel Cabrera can have a better second half of the season than he did first half, or is there?

    The answer to this question is yes, he can have a better second half, and if anyone in the league can improve on All-Star numbers, it's Miguel Cabrera. He may very well be the best hitter in the league, and he will prove that by leading the Tigers to the postseason.

    Cabrera won't have as many home runs or RBI because of the smaller number of games, but he will improve on an already impressive average.

    First-Half Stats: .324 Avg, 18 HR, 71 RBI

    Projected Second-Half Stats: .332 Avg, 17 HR, 58 RBI

Prince Fielder

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    Prince Fielder was one of the offseason's biggest acquisitions, and the Tigers were ecstatic to have brought the superstar to the Motor City.

    Fielder didn't quite have the power that he is used to in the first half, but he drove in enough runs to keep Detroit in the division race. His average in clutch situations was also among the top hitters in the league. Fielder will hit for more power in the second half while making this the first season of his career that he hits .300 or better.

    First-Half Stats: .299 Avg, 15 HR, 63 RBI

    Projected Second-Half Stats: .301 Avg, 16 HR, 50 RBI

Delmon Young

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    Delmon Young was a large reason the Tigers were so successful at the end of last season, but he has failed to play to his full potential thus far.

    Young has the tools to be great (a former No. 1 draft pick), but he failed to come around until the last 10 games of the first half. He went into the All-Star break on a hot streak and so far has come out just the same.

    Young will approach 20 home runs this season and will hit for a higher average in the second half of the season. He will be an X-factor for the team going into October.

    First-Half Stats: .271 Avg, 10 HR, 37 RBI

    Projected Second-Half Stats: .290 Avg, 9 HR, 30 RBI

Brennan Boesch

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    Brennan Boesch is one of the guys that the Tigers hope will come around in the second half of the season after a subpar first half.

    Boesch is hitting under .250 this year and hasn't showcased the power or run production that he is capable of. He is young and has all the potential in the world to be a solid outfielder for years to come. The second half of the season will show that Boesch has worked on his swing with Lloyd McClendon.

    He will hit for more power and a higher average, earning himself a spot in Detroit's outfield for the foreseeable future.

    First-Half Stats: .243 Avg, 8 HR, 31 RBI

    Projected Second-Half Stats: .270 Avg, 10 HR, 30 RBI

Johnny Peralta

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    Johnny Peralta has had quite the disappointing season so far. He is well behind his statistical output of last year at this point and that has some Tigers fans worried.

    He was an All-Star last season and that was huge for him because that was his best season as a professional. Many people were saying he was a one-season wonder and that he was just an average shortstop.

    The start to this season is making those people look smart. However, he still has a full half of a season to prove them wrong. He will hit for more power, drive in more runs and hit for average. He will be a huge part of Detroit's second-half success.

    First-Half Stats: .260 Avg, 5 HR, 27 RBI

    Projected Second-Half Stats: .275 Avg, 10 HR, 38 RBI

Alex Avila

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    Alex Avila is a man among boys. I say this because he takes a beating day after day, getting hit with foul ball after foul ball like it's his job.

    That being said, his defense has somewhat effected his offensive output. Last season, he had a career year, batting close to .300 and hitting for power as well. This season has been a different story, batting under .250 and showing a fraction of the power that he possesses.

    Granted, he has been injured quite a bit this season and has had to leave some of his catching duties to veteran Gerald Laird. The second half will be a bounce-back performance for the young catcher. He won't play up to his full potential because of how beat up he can get, but he will improve on all major categories.

    First-Half Stats: .242 Avg, 5 HR, 23 RBI

    Projected Second-Half Stats: .260 Avg, 7 HR, 28 RBI

Ramon Santiago

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    Jim Leyland knows that he doesn't have an actual starting second baseman, but for now, Santiago is his guy.

    The Tigers will need to look to add a solid second baseman before the trade deadline in order to make a run to the postseason. Santiago, for now, is the starting second baseman for Detroit and has not hit for average or power so far, and don't expect him to do so in the second half, either.

    His average will improve slightly, but if the Tigers add a second baseman, he will resume his duties as the team's utility infielder off the bench.

    First-Half Stats: .230 Avg, 2 HR, 17 RBI

    Projected Second-Half Stats: .250 Avg, 2 HR, 15 RBI

Justin Verlander

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    Justin Verlander is the best pitcher in the world right now. He is the reigning MVP and AL Cy Young Award winner and he earned the right to start the All-Star Game this year for the American League.

    Although his performance in the All-Star Game wasn't Verlander-like, he will spend the entire second half of the season making up for that.

    His already minimal ERA will improve in the second half and he will get to 20 wins, something that didn't look possible after the first month of the season. He gives the team a chance to win every time he pitches and he will lead this team to the postseason for the second straight year with his golden arm.

    First-Half Stats: 9-5, 2.58 ERA, 128 SO

    Projected Second-Half Stats: 11-2, 2.45 ERA, 110 SO

Max Scherzer

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    Scherzer is one of the most unpredictable pitchers in the rotation. Behind Verlander, there is no consistency in the other starting pitchers.

    Scherzer could easily be the Tigers' third or even second-best starting pitcher, but he tries to over-throw too often. He can throw in the high 90 mph range with regularity and has the ability to strike out batters with the best of them.

    He will approach 15 wins when the season is over with and will surpass the 200-strikeout mark. His ERA is sure to improve, as he has shown flashes of greatness in the first half.

    First-Half Stats: 8-5, 4.72 ERA, 121 SO

    Projected Second-Half Stats: 6-5, 4.45 ERA, 97 SO

Rick Porcello

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    Rick Porcello has been a disappointment ever since his strong rookie season as a Tiger just a few seasons ago.

    He has a less-than-impressive ERA and a minimal number of strikeouts to go with a winning record.

    Look for Porcello to continue on his road of mediocrity in the second half and finish the season with 10 wins and an ERA in the mid-fours.

    First-Half Stats: 6-5, 4.47 ERA, 57 SO

    Projected Second-Half Stats: 4-4, 4.60 ERA, 50 SO

Doug Fister

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    Doug Fister was a genius pickup around the trade deadline last season for the Detroit Tigers. He gave the team a solid No. 2 starter and a second pitcher that could give the team a chance to win every time out.

    Fister can ease the pressure from Verlander and give the Tigers a much-needed boost in the rotation. He has been injured for about a month this season and hasn't given the team what he's capable of.

    He has had an un-Fister-like first half of the season and will surely improve his numbers in the second half. He will improve in all the major categories and will also achieve double-digit wins. Fister will keep the Tigers' engine running into the postseason.

    First-Half Stats: 2-6, 4.75 ERA, 48 SO

    Projected Second-Half Stats: 8-3, 3.75 ERA, 57 SO

Drew Smyly

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    Smyly was one of the surprises that the Tigers needed in a fifth starter in the early part of the season.

    He has since cooled off and has looked like a solid rookie starter, something the Tigers need him to improve upon in the second half.

    It's possible that the Tigers trade for a solid starter and move Smyly to the bullpen. If this happens, his chances to improve on his record will cease and his numbers won't be the same as the first half.

    First-Half Stats: 4-3, 4.42 ERA, 75 SO

    Projected Second-Half Stats: 3-2, 4.70 ERA, 52 SO