Season Outlook: Detroit Tigers

Projected 2017 Starting Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler – 2nd baseman
  2. J.D. Martinez – Right Fielder
  3. Miguel Cabrera – 1st baseman
  4. Victor Martinez – Designated Hitter
  5. Justin Upton – Left Fielder
  6. Nick Castellanos – 3rd baseman
  7. James McCann – Catcher
  8. Tyler Collins – Center Fielder
  9. Jose Iglesias – Shortstop

Projected 2017 Starting Rotation:

  1. Justin Verlander
  2. Michael Fulmer
  3. Jordan Zimmermann
  4. Anibal Sanchez
  5. Daniel Norris

Season Outlook:

It appears that Cleveland will win the AL Central in 2017, but the Tigers are a team that certainly could contend for a wild card spot. The first five players in the Tigers lineup looks really good with Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Justin Upton. As long as those guys stay healthy then they should produce the bulk of the offensive production for Detroit. Cabrera is a legitimate MVP candidate every year, but last year he struggled to stay healthy. Cabrera and Victor Martinez are key to the team’s success since they are the most consistent hitters that the team has, but they are both getting old which could affect them in 2017. Meanwhile, the Tigers starting rotation looks very deep and talented on paper especially with Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer, and Jordan Zimmermann. Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris are very good options at the back end of the rotation as well, although they just struggle with consistency. The Tigers bullpen appears to be a weakness heading into 2017, although Francisco Rodriguez is a good closer. This team does have some weaknesses, but their lineup and pitching rotation both have the potential to be very good in 2017. If the Tigers key players can stay healthy then I see no reason that they can’t compete for a playoff spot in 2017.

Prediction: 2nd place in the AL Central



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