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Spring primer: Detroit Tigers

Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:58 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 4:44 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


The 2011 Detroit Tigers won the AL Central in a laugher, ending with a 15-game edge over the second-place Indians. The offseason was rather uneventful in Detroit for a while, but then the Tigers lost DH Victor Martinez to a torn ACL. And then they swooped in and landed slugger Prince Fielder with a 9-year, $214 deal. They'll enter 2012 as the heaviest divisional favorite in baseball and some will surely pick them to win it all.

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Major additions: 1B Prince Fielder, RHP Octavio Dotel, C Gerald Laird
Major departures: RF Magglio Ordonez, 3B Wilson Betemit, IF Carlos Guillen, SP Brad Penny

Probable lineup
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Brennan Boesch, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, DH
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Andy Dirks, LF
9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

Probable rotation
1. Justin Verlander
2. Doug Fister
3. Max Scherzer
4. Rick Porcello
5. Jacob Turner

Back-end bullpen
Closer: Jose Valverde
Set-up: Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel

Important bench players
C Gerald Laird, IF Brandon Inge, IF Ramon Santiago, IF/OF Don Kelly

Prospect to watch
It would have been Turner here regardless, but there's extra emphasis on him now that the Tigers were unable to sign Roy Oswalt or trade for someone like Gio Gonzalez or Matt Garza. Thus, the path is clear for Turner to join the rotation out of spring at age 20, much like Porcello did before him. Entering 2011, Turner had never even pitched above High-A ball. But last season he appeared in Double-A, Triple-A and the majors. In 20 minor-league appearances, Turner was 4-5 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 131 innings. He struggled mightily in his three major-league starts, but it's a new year.

Fantasy sleeper: Delmon Young
"Owners should look for improved power numbers from Young this year, and with him hitting behind Cabrera and Fielder, his RBI total should get a jolt as well." - Al Melchior [Full Tigers team fantasy preview]

Fantasy bust: Doug Fister
"Part of Fister's 2011 success was based upon holding batters to a .188 batting average on ground balls. The Tigers' infield defense overall should leave something to be desired, so Fister's WHIP will rise upward, even without a significant increase in walks. Owners may look to Fister as a No. 4 starter in mixed leagues, but in reality he may perform more like a low-end No. 5 SP or waiver wire option." - Al Melchior [Full Tigers team fantasy preview]

Optimistic outlook
Very simple: The Tigers win the World Series for the first time since 1984.

Pessimistic outlook
The infield defense is dreadful, which stunts the development of Porcello and Turner in addition to hampering Fister and Scherzer. With Jackson's strikeouts piling up, Boesch never really becoming what the Tigers desired and players like Avila and Peralta taking steps backward, the offense is basically a two-man show. With these issues, at least one AL Central team (Indians? Royals?) vaults past Detroit in a shocker.

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lilonstitch1
Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:25 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:28 pm
 

Spring primer: Detroit Tigers

Not really because winning a playoff round is all Tiger fans think matters It has been a very long time since they actually won a W.S almost 30 years to be exact.


'almost to be exact'? What the hell does that mean? It's called E-N-G-L-I-S-H. Try using it sometime. 



lilonstitch1
Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:21 pm
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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Spring primer: Detroit Tigers

I'll give you 2011. In 2006 Kenny Rogers flagrantly doctored baseballs in game 3 of the ALDS. He did the same in the ALCS against Oakland and in the World Series against St. Louis. He was finally called out for it in the series because everyone the their mother knew Rogers was blantantly cheating.

Its better to cheat and win than to lose, but I will never respect the 2006 Detroit Tigers.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Spring primer: Detroit Tigers

People that doubt Miggy can play 3rd obviously didn't see the Leyland quote that went something like "I won a world series with Bobby Bonila playing 3rd we'll have no problem with Cabrera there".


lilonstitch1
Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:13 am
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Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:02 am
 

Spring primer: Detroit Tigers

Is the yank fan still PO'd about the first round exit at the hand of the Tigers?  Again? 
First 2006, and now 2011? 

OMG

GO TIGERS




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:20 am
 

Spring primer: Detroit Tigers

Is the Miguel Cabrera 3rd baseman kool-aid still being passed out in Detroit? Don't give any to Miggy though, it must be spiked with high-proof alcohol. Anyone who thinks Miguel Cabrera will work at 3rd is CRRRRAZZZZZZZZZZY.


lilonstitch1
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Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:35 am
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Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:14 am
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