Detroit Tigers Season Preview

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

SEATTLE - JULY 15:  Magglio Ordonez #30 of the Detroit Tigers prepares to bat against the Seattle Mariners on July 15, 2007 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Tigers won 11-7. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

After a disappointing 2008 campaign, the Tigers will finish fourth in the AL Central this season. The Tigers need Justin Verlander to come through. In addition, Dontrelle Willis needs to come back healthy and ready to pitch. Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez need to be on their best game.

Keep An Eye On: Justin Verlander, sp

Verlander had a very tough season last year, going 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA and throwing 163 strikeouts. The Tigers need their ace to perform better than last year.

Projected Lineup
1. Curtis Granderson, cf
2. Placido Polanco, 2b
3. Magglio Ordonez, rf
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1b
5. Gary Sheffield, dh
6. Carlos Guillen, lf
7. Gerald Laird, c
8. Brandon Inge, 3b
9. Adam Everett, ss

Projected Pitching Staff
1. Justin Verlander, rhp
2. Jeremy Bonderman, rhp
3. Armando Galarraga, rhp
4. Edwin Jackson, rhp
5. Nate Robertson, lhp

Projected Bullpen
Fernando Rodney
Joel Zumaya
Bobby Seay
Freddy Dolsi
Macay McBride
Zach Miner

Top Prospects
1. Rick Porcello, rhp
2. Ryan Perry, rhp
3. Cale Iorg, ss
4. Cody Satterwhite, rhp
5. Casey Crosby, lhp