Detroit Tigers: 5 Players Who Need to Bounce Back in 2016

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Apr 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher
Apr 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher /

Justin Verlander

Similar to Martinez, Verlander caught the injury-bug in 2015, as a right triceps strain placed him on the 15-day disabled list.

When he came off the DL, he was shaky, and  fans were not used to what they were seeing. In June and July, his ERA was just below 5.00, and he was winless through seven starts.

His first win of the season came on July 29 against the Tampa Bay Rays, when he hurled eight innings and allowed just one run.

After that start, he settled in, and was back to being Verlander-like. Over the next two months, he posted an ERA of 2.39 and his opponents hit a miserable .205.

Verlander bouncing back to ace-form for a full season is the key to an AL Central title, and if he can, he has the ability to retain his position as one of the most dominant pitchers in the game.

Next: Shane Greene