Why Torii Hunter is a much better fit for the Detroit Tigers than Angel Pagan
|Torii Hunter: Rakes vs. left-handed pitching|
There was a lot of fretting among Tigers fans last season about "setting the table" for Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. In truth, the Tigers biggest issue is they didn't have enough consistency throughout their lineup. They were too dependent on their two big guns to produce runs. As good as they are, Cabrera and Fielder are going to have dry spells. It's why when Delmon Young would gone on a roll, it would be so noticeable. Hunter, along with the return of Victor Martinez, would give the Tigers more consistent run producing throughout the lineup. Pagan is a good fielder, but Hunter is exceptional. He is as good a right fielder as he was in center, and is much better option for the Tigers in center than their current cast should something happen to Austin Jackson. His leadership qualities are among the best in the game. There are few players as respected.
|Angel Pagan: More table setter than run producer|
Pagan hit .271 with an .736 OPS vs. left-handers in 2012. His career mark vs. lefties is .259 with a .710 OPS.
The Tigers struggles against left-handed pitching, of course, are well documented and really came to head during the World Series.