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Last Week's Results: 6-0
For the first time this season, the Tigers move to the top spot in these rankings. With arguably the best starting rotation in all of baseball, a bullpen that is rounding into form and the game's best hitter starting to get hot, they look like the best team in the AL right now.
After hitting just .277/.320/.415 with two home runs and 15 RBI through April, Miguel Cabrera is batting .375/.408/.703 with five home runs and 24 RBI through 16 games so far this month. Behind him, Victor Martinez actually has more home runs (10) than strikeouts (9) on the year, and he currently leads the AL with a .331 average.
The team welcomed Anibal Sanchez back from the DL this past week, and he allowed one earned run in five innings of work. Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.83 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) is the Tigers' best pitcher once again, but Rick Porcello (7-1, 2.91 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) is worthy of some recognition as well. He'll get some extra rest this coming week with a sore left side, as Robbie Ray will take his turn in the rotation, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
"This is probably an overabundance of caution, but I'm trying to think more long-term," manager Brad Ausmus told Beck. "We don't want to send him out there every fifth day, and then every day ask how he's feeling. We would like to completely eliminate this issue altogether."
Silver Slugger of the Week
1B Miguel Cabrera (11-for-24, 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R)
Top Pitcher of the Week
SP Rick Porcello (2 GS, 2 W, 14 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted. All injury information via MLBDepthCharts team pages.
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