2012 Detroit Tigers

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  1. Sharkman37

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    Pitching:

    Starting pitching: The rotation is fairly solid and needs to stay healthy for the Tigers to be competitive. Reigning MVP and Cy Young Justin Verlander heads the staff and will take the ball on opening day. He is followed by Max Scherzer and Doug Fister. The 4th and 5th spots go to Rick Porcello and Duane Below who are average at best. At least OOTP gave Porcello some continued upside. Here’s hoping he attains it. Depth is lacking as Andy Oliver and top prospect Jacob Turner aren’t quite ready and Drew Smyly and Casey Crosby are one level down. The Tigers need to cross their fingers that no one gets hurt until they can pick up a veteran or get one of the kids ready to push Below.

    Bullpen: The bullpen has some solid, but older, pieces to it that should help the Tigers out of jams. They are led by Papa Grande, Jose Valverde, who was perfect in saves situations last year. Joaquin Benoit and Octavio Dotel give a good veteran presence to young lefty specialist, Daniel Schlereth and Al Albuquerque (who will make it back by the All Star break). Colin Bannister and Phil Coke are the long men out of the bullpen and are solid, if unspectacular. Like the starters, there isn’t a whole lot that can help in AAA. Pray, pray for good health.

    On the farm: Jacob Turner looks like a future top end of the pitching staff type of guy. Andy Oliver, Drew Smyly, and Casey Crosby are good back end of the rotation types who can help out in the future. After that, there isn’t much to write home about.


    Offense:

    Catcher: Alex Avila is young and one of the new young studs that the Tigers are hoping makes many more All Star trips. He calls a good game and blocks the plate well. He also has burgeoning power as he reaches his prime years. He is backed up by Gerald Laird who has no business being a ML catcher but it is what it is.

    First Base/Third Base: Outside of Verlander, this is where the Tigers bread is buttered. Mashers Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera will be at the heart of the lineup and will be the engine of the entire offense. Their big offense will hope to mask and short comings there will be on defense.

    Second Base: Platoon city with the better then advertised Ryan Raburn and the under-rated Danny Worth. Old bones Brandon Inge better get his crap wired on his minor league rehab assignment or run the risk of riding the pine all year. We’ll see how that goes


    Shortstop: Jonny Peralta is super solid here with no worries of utility guy Ramon Santiago taking many at bats away. He is above replacement level value and was almost an All-Star level type player last year. Here’s hoping for continued growth in 2012

    Left Field: Brennan Boesch and the aforementioned Ryan Rayburn will be the primary beneficiaries of hitting in front of Cabrera and Fielder. Here’s hoping that both set the table for the big boppers. Fingers especially crossed for Boesch as he is one of the few young guys in the lineup and he needs to improve.

    Center Field: Austin Jackson is the guy who will get it done. He’s got the speed but not the eye. He spent a lot of the off-season working with the hitting coach and getting Lasik surgery so the Tigers are hoping he cuts down on the K’s and gets on base. Defense is definitely not an issue. If he can make progress, the Tigers might be looking at locking him up long-term.


    Right Field: Delmon Young is slow but a solid all-around hitter. He caught fire at year end and should be seeing quite a few good pitches to hit. He has bounced around a lot but hopefully will settle into this lineup. Here’s hoping he does well in his contract year so the Tig’s have a better idea on what to do long-term with him. Andy Dirks looks to get the call spelling Young when needed.

    On the farm: Outside of Nick Castellanos, who the game was a bit unfair to imho, there isn’t much at all on the farm here. The system, from a hitting standpoint is pretty bare. Look for the Tigers to hopefully address this in the upcoming drafts.
    Outlook:
    The team is set to try to win now. They have a bit of an aging roster and few long term young pieces in the pipeline. Spending has never been an issue and the new GM has no problem getting the pieces necessary to get a championship. The road in the AL Central looks promising but the Tigers have to actually deliver on that promise. Here’s hoping they can stay relatively healthy and bring home the crown for the first time since 1984
     
  2. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Are you a Tigers fan Sharkman?
     
  3. Sharkman37

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    yep yep =-)
     
  4. abolishthefed

    abolishthefed Specializing in mediocrity

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    Hopefully the sim can recreate Peralta's range of a potted plant in the field and his ability to strike out looking after swinging at two balls out of the strike zone with runners on 2nd and 3rd.
     
  5. Sharkman37

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    My whole team, save Austin Jackson, are a bunch of potted plants. heh
     
  6. Dan Heckelbeck

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    Verlander had a no hitter in the first sim, nice!
     

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