Detroit Tigers Pitchers
With Detroit Tigers Opening Day Approaching quickly, there is plenty of excitement going on in Detroit. The Tigers have a new look, but many of the same faces are also coming back. With pitching pros Justin Verlander and Mark Fulmer anchoring the starting rotation, the Tigers also have other veterans like Anibal Sanchez and Jordan Zimmerman coming back also. Sanchez and Zimmerman are both coming off of disappointing seasons, but Sanchez has looked sharp this spring. If those 2 come back to their past dominant forms, watch out! Middle relief as always will be the biggest question mark for the team. It has been very inconsistent for many years now and hopefully for the Tigers sake that will be straightened out this season with more consistency. Shane Greene, Blaine Hardy, Bruce Rondon and Alex Wilson are all back plus others fighting over the other spots to hopefully strengthen a big weakness. Francisco Rodriguez was a big catch last year at free agency and played great as the team’s
Detroit Tigers Batters
The team is full of key veteran players, but the Detroit Tigers also have some young players fighting over some spots also. Center field is up for grabs with Tyler Collins, Jacoby Jones and Mikie Mahtook all fighting over the spot. Nick Castellanos was having his best season until injuries caught up to him late last season. If he comes back with the same pop in his bat as he had in the first half of last season, it will be a huge plus towards the bottom of the batting
order. One question mark will be how healthy will Victor Martinez will be this year. When healthy he has proven to be one of the top designated hitters in the league. But his durability has always been a problem. J.D. Martinez will be missing at the start of the season for the first month so the Tigers will need to fill that gap until he returns healthy. But when healthy, he is a key hitter in the middle of the lineup. As usual, you can write in at least 25 to 35 homers and over 100 RBI for the big guy Miguel Cabrera. He’s as steady as they come. Mr.Clutch Ian Kinsler is also back playing second base leading off. He had 28 homers and 83 RBI last year hitting at the top of the order last year. It could be hard to match those numbers again this year, but expect another good year from the veteran second baseman. At shortstop the Tigers have Jose Iglesias coming back. He is a fielding wizard in the infield, but hopefully he
raises his hitting numbers up a bit more to bolster the line up. There has been a change at the catching position. James McCann will be starting again but the Tigers have replaced his back up Jarrod Saltalamacchia with Alex Avila. Avila if very familiar with most of the Tigers pitchers, so his leadership in the clubhouse and behind the plate could be huge. One player the tigers are hoping for more consistency from is Justin Upton. He had a horrid first half of the sesason, but he lit it up in the second half with some key clutch hits and big numbers. If the Tigers can get a good solid year from Upton, manager Brad
Ausmus and the Tigers fans will be thrilled.