The Detroit Tigers went out in the off-season and searched for the patches to close up the holes in their pitching staff for the 2009 season. Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers General Manager, attacked the free agent market and acquired the needs the Tigers desired.
With a surplus of outfielders on the roster, the first move the Tigers made was shipping highly talented prospect Matt Joyce to the Tampa Bay Rays for up and coming starting pitcher Edwin Jackson to fill a need for the rotation. In the first month of the season Jackson could arguably be the Tigers best starting pitcher so far.
Next, the front office dove right in and snagged one time closer Brandon Lyon from free agency. The Tigers also snatched another veteran reliever, acquiring Juan Rincon, who is another body to add depth to the pen.
With a mass load of injuries depleting the Tigers rotation and the loss of Kenny Rogers, the Detroit Tigers front office had decisions to make.
Two of the most important moves so far this season were the promotion of the youngsters. Starting pitcher, Rick Porcello and reliever, Ryan Perry.
After a shaky start, Porcello has shown promise for the Tigers. Perry will one day become a closer in the MLB, as he has shown he contains a powerful fast ball, and is accurate on most occasions.
The one thing that truly scares me is the "what if" theory. The tigers are without starting pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and one year wonder, Dontrelle Willis. Bonderman looks doubtful as his throwing arm continually refuses to return to full strength.
As for Willis, he will make his first start of the 2009 MLB campaign Wednesday night in Minnesota against the Minnesota Twins. Willis has had trouble in the past with location and personally the managing staff shouldn't start him versus the Twins.
If any team in the majors can wait for the right pitch it'd have to be the Twins. A patient team is not who Willis should make his season debut against, but I'm not the one whose job is on the line, so I assume the staff knows what to do.
With a potent offense and a more defensive infield, I see the Detroit Tigers continuing their success that they are showing in the first month of the season. Having Curtis Granderson for the beginning of this season has greatly helped the team as a whole, especially our pitching staff.
Granderson has robbed multiple home runs from opposing players and hopefully will continue to make the "Top 10" on Sportscenter. Who knows, maybe the Granderson will make the No. 1 play in October to preserve a World Series Title.
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