With Austin Jackson setting the table efficiently so far in the 2012 season, the most glaring weakness for the formidable Detroit Tigers after Opening Weekend is a lack of starting pitching depth.
Aside from their MVP, Justin Verlander, the Tigers' starting pitching has been lackluster to start the year despite a clean sweep of the Boston Red Sox. It is early, but if Doug Fister's side injury continues to linger and Max Scherzer is continually hit around, the Tigers may need to make a move to bolster their rotation.
Furthermore, the Tigers are placing a lot of faith in rookie left-hander Drew Smyly. While Smyly is valuable because he is a southpaw in a rotation dominated by right-handed pitchers, he is only a second year pro and was roughed up in his Triple-A tuneup start. Also, Jacob Turner, a young star that many Tigers fans want in the majors, suffered from "dead arm" earlier this year. He may not be a reliable option just yet for Detroit.
Detroit's offense will keep them in any game, but if they want to advance past the Texas team that beat them in the ALCS last year, they will need a rotation behind Verlander that can compete with the deep Texas five.
If pitching problems continue, Detroit could make a move to improve the rotation. Here are five possibilities.