The Detroit Tigers' midseason grade. 

July 13, 2017

(39-48, 8 behind in AL Central, 6.5 behind in Wild Card): The Tigers didn't go through with their planned sell-off this past winter, but on paper they at least looked to be more competitive than the White Sox. Yeah, not so much. The rotation outside of reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer has been wretched, with Justin Verlander backsliding into mediocrity and Jordan Zimmermann doing even worse. The bullpen has once again become a dumpster fire, producing an AL-worst 5.04 ERA and 5.02 FIP. Two of the offense's four above-average contributors, J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila, will at least maximize their trade value at the deadline, but the downturns of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler look ominous.  

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