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Justin Verlander has never missed an MLB start due to injury.
Not only are the Detroit Tigers unusually talented, but their stars can be trusted to stay healthy.
Prince Fielder became an everyday first baseman at the major league level in 2006. In that span, he leads the sport in games played. Similarly, Miguel Cabrera rose to regularity in 2004 and ranks second—behind only Ichiro Suzuki—in participation.
Pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer have each made more than 30 starts in three straight seasons. Then there's Justin Verlander, who never knew an injury he couldn't pitch through.
It's difficult to imagine Detroit's offense sputtering like it did in 2012. This time around, the Tigers are more experienced (e.g., Torii Hunter instead of Brennan Boesch, Victor Martinez over Delmon Young).
AL Central rivals like the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals could contend for a wild-card berth. The division title, meanwhile, will go to the reigning pennant winners as they chase triple-digit victories for the first time in a generation.