Tigers will be interesting this year
There is little doubt the Detroit Tigers will be an entertaining team in the 2017 season.
Any team that has the star power (Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, etc.) is going to be in the headlines most of the time.
But the one thing the Tigers are lacking in appears to be pitching.
Oh, the starting rotation has stoppers in Verlander, Michael Fulmer and perhaps, Daniel Norris.
But the rest of the rotation is shaky.
Second-year hurler Matt Boyd has looked good on occasion, but that isn’t good enough when it comes down to clutch games.
And Gary Zimmerman, a veteran being paid $18 million this season, has been erratic so far. Forget about Anibel Sanchez, who has turned into a high earned run average type of guy. And he’s being paid $16.8 million in 2017.
Unless the team can swing a trade before the deadline, a three-man rotation will spring leaks over the course of a long season.
An injury to any of the key pitchers would be disastrous.
And then there’s the bullpen, which hasn’t been overly impressive so far with a ERA nearing 7.00
Even closer Francisco Rodriguez hasn’t been nearly as effective as last season, showing a propensity to give up the long ball.
Bruce Rondon, the team’s latest flame thrower, was shipped to the minor leagues after disappointing early in the season.
Unsteady pitching aside, this is still a team that will make a serious run for at least a wildcard spot in the playoffs.
You know that Cabrera will eventually begin hitting; that hard-hitting J.D. Martinez will come off the injury list; and that steady second baseman Ian Kinsler will continue to do his thing.
I also like the progress of Nicholas Castellanos at third base and the work of young catcher James McCann. Outfielder JaCoby Jones shows much promise but is likely still a year or two away.
Designated hitter Victor Martinez is beginning to show his age and is a liability whenever he gets on base because of a lack of speed.
Look at the Cleveland Indians, who have a roster of proven hitters and strong pitching arms.
Cleveland will likely win the American League Central because of that experience, leaving the Tigers to battle for a playoff spot.