Description: After hitting .361 over the first 27 games of the season, Torii Hunter predictably has hit a slump. He's batting .200 (7-for-35) over his last eight games. However, fantasy owners should keep him in the lineup, even with nasty Yu Darvish on the hill Thursday.
Insight: Hunter has become a hard groundball hitter over the last two seasons -- he had a groundball rate of 52 percent and hit .327 on grounders last year, and has a groundball rate of 55.8 percent and is hitting .333 on grounders in 2013 -- which has enabled him to hit for a BABIP in the .380s. However, his BABIP over the first 27 games of the season was well above .400, and it wasn't going to stay there forever. He has gone 6-for-18 (.333) with one homer and five RBI against Darvish, so he might be able to jump-start his bat Thursday.
5/4/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went 4-for-5 with two RBI, a walk and three runs scored Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: Hunter has cooled off a bit over the past week, but raised his average back up to .361 Saturday. The second spot in Detroit's order, right ahead of Miguel Cabrera, has been very good to him.
4/14/2013 1:37:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter faces a tough matchup Sunday against Oakland righty Jarrod Parker. Typically, Parker has gotten the better of Hunter (2-for-11, five strikeouts).
Insight: Hunter is off to another remarkable start (.388 in 12 games) but we're guessing he'll have a quiet afternoon Sunday with Parker pitching.
4/13/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is a career .438 hitter (7-for-16) with a pair of homers and a 1.313 OPS.
Insight: Hunter is currently on a seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in nine fo 10 games. He is 18-for-44 (.409) with six RBIs and seven runs in 10 games this season. He's a must start.
4/12/2013 8:30:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter is not in Friday's lineup.
Insight: Hunter is getting the night off. That's disappointing for fantasy owners since he is 17-for-42 (.405) with six RBIs and seven runs in nine games this season.
4/6/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter picked up three hits and an RBI in five at-bats Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Hunter scored two runs in the game and is hitting .391 through five games. He has a very favorable spot in the lineup, hitting between Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera. Believe it or not, Hunter has never scored 100 runs, but he could end that drought this season.
11/14/2012 1:45:00 PM
Description: Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Detroit Tigers and Torii Hunter have agreed to a two-year deal.
Insight: Austin Jackson is locked in at center field and this should settle the right field spot. Hunter batted .313 last season with 16 HR and 92 RBI for the Angels. He was very good in the second half of the season, hitting .350 with an .866 OPS.
11/12/2012 8:49:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have been the "most aggressive pursuer" of free agent outfielder Torii Hunter according to Mark Saxon from ESPN Los Angeles.
Insight: Austin Jackson is locked in at center field but Detroit's other two outfield positions could be up for grabs. Hunter is a .262 lifetime hitter at the Tigers' home stadium, Comerica Park.
11/10/2012 10:42:00 AM
Description: Bob Nightengale from USA Today reports that the Dodgers are interested in signing free agent outfielder Torii Hunter this offseason.
Insight: An interesting development considering the Dodgers already have three starting outfielders in place for next season (Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp). Presumably, one of those three would be traded if the team signed Hunter.
11/7/2012 7:37:00 PM
Description: The Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox are interested in adding free agent outfielder Torii Hunter this offseason.
Insight: Hunter played well for the Angels last season (.313, 16 HR, 92 RBI) and is close friends with David Ortiz. It might be nice to have another veteran leader in the clubhouse but it certainly wouldn't help the rebuilding Red Sox get any younger (Hunter turns 38 in July).
10/31/2012 10:26:00 PM
Description: The Yankees have expressed interest in signing veteran outfielder Torii Hunter according to Mark Feinsand from the New York Daily News.
Insight: Hunter enjoyed a renaissance year for the Angels in 2012, hitting .313 with 16 HR and 92 RBI. If New York does sign Hunter, they probably won't be able to bring back up Nick Swisher or Ichiro Suzuki.
9/30/2012 7:22:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Torii Hunter racked up four hits Sunday in a 5-4 victory against Texas.
Insight: Hunter's two-run double in the top of the ninth put the Angels ahead for good and it upped his season average to a very respectable .310. That average is good for seventh-best in the American League.
9/28/2012 1:30:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Torii Hunter is perfect in six at-bats against Texas right-hander Ryan Dempster, with four singles, a double and a triple.
Insight: Hunter has put up solid numbers after a slow start (.306, 16 HR, 88 RBI, .803 OPS). Hopefully, you didn't quit on him before the All-Star break as he's batting .340 since.
9/23/2012 10:27:00 AM
Description: Angels outfielder Torii Hunter has struggled against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd. In 23 at bats versus the Chicago righthander, Hunter has managed just four hits.
Insight: Two of those hits were homers so Hunter is usually "boom or bust" when going up against Floyd. Despite Hunter's impressive batting average this season (his .305 mark in 2012 is a career-high) we're thinking bust rather than boom in this matchup.
9/21/2012 9:52:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Torii Hunter is 5-for-10 with a 1.345 OPS against White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy.
Insight: Hunter has been a completely different hitter after the All-Star break, batting .342 with an .849 OPS. He's a must start on Friday.
9/13/2012 2:16:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Torii Hunter enters Thursday's action with an impressive resume against Oakland lefthander Brett Anderson.
Insight: Hunter is a .385 hitter against Anderson but the A's starter is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his last four starts. Something's gotta give. We'll go with the veteran Hunter in this matchup.
9/5/2012 9:33:00 AM
Description: Angels outfielder Torii Hunter is a career .500 hitter versus Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy with seven hits in 14 official at-bats.
Insight: Hunter has been a better player this year than last, batting .304 with 13 HR, 67 RBI and a .798 OPS. He's been even hotter since the break, batting .349 with an .848 OPS in 48 games. He's a must start on Wednesday.
9/1/2012 8:33:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Torii Hunter has collected at least three hits in four straight games.
Insight: Hunter went 3-for-4 Saturday against Seattle and is now a torrid 13-for-17 (.765) in his last four games.
8/31/2012 10:20:00 AM
Description: Angels outfielder Torii Hunter apparently loves facing Seattle starter Kevin Millwood. He's a career .405 hitter (17-for-42) with a pair of homers, 13 RBI and a 1.085 OPS.
Insight: Hunter has been much improved since the All-Star break, batting .339 with a .818 OPS and 29 RBI in the last 43 games. He's a must start on Friday.
8/30/2012 12:14:00 PM
Description: Angels outfielder Torii Hunter is a beast against Jon Lester. He's hitting .417 for his career against the Boston lefthander.
Insight: Lester has looked pretty sharp lately (3-0, 2.25 ERA in his last three starts) but Hunter should get the better of this matchup when these two square off Thursday in Anaheim.
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