We've reached the third round of our "Who's your Tiger?" tournament bracket, and we've trimmed the field down to eight of our favorite Tigers. Round two didn't feature any matches that were particularly close, but don't expect that trend to continue for long. If you missed the second round posts, you can check them out here and here.
Moving forward, we'll be tackling these matchups an entire round at a time. As a reminder, the concept of this bracket is very straightforward, we're just asking you about your opinion. The rules are simple -- just vote for the Tiger you like more! It doesn't even need to have anything to do with baseball.
Miguel Cabrera received the overall number one seed from our selection committee, and he hasn't disappointed. Neither Joe Nathan nor Rajai Davis could muster more than five percent of the votes against him. Will Ian Kinsler -- who handily dispatched two-seed Yoenis Cespedes with 81 percent of votes -- be able to fare any better?
J.D. Martinez is a relatively new face to Tigers fans, and he'll have his work cut out for him facing off against fan-favorite Anibal Sanchez. However, Martinez's smooth power stroke, his gleaming grin, and his knack for appearing out of a puff of smoke to put up a 153 wRC+ season have endeared him to Tigers fans immediately.
One of them is one of the most intellectual hitters on the planet, but isn't trusted to even carry a glove onto the field. The other creates beautiful, flowing works of art in the field, but is about as likely to win a Silver Slugger as your grandmother. Just about the only things these guys have in common is that both are really fun to watch, and they're each one of our favorite Tigers.
What a matchup we have here, a battle of aces. Manager Brad Ausmus recently announced a fairly surprising decision to start David Price on Opening Day rather than Justin Verlander, who had made the Tigers' last seven Opening Day starts. But while Price may be the number one starting pitcher in Detroit this year, that doesn't mean he's number one in our hearts -- or does it?