In the part of the article, I just asked the writers and myself to complete this sentence:
In the rest of 2009, I expect...
JP: "...the Tigers to play well and wind up winning the division. Unless the Twins or White Sox make some big changes in a hurry, I can't see them catching Detroit. The Tigers have been great at home this year and they will play the majority of the games at the CoPa the rest of the way. They still need another bat, maybe that will be Carlos Guillen, but if the pitching holds up, and I think it will, Detroit could be playing deep into October.
CG: "...the Tigers will continue to challenge for the Central Division crown. They’ve played better against teams in their own division and will have a favorable schedule in the second half. Carlos Guillen is expected back in mid-July and it will be interesting to see how Leyland works him into the lineup given there really isn’t a spot for him. We haven’t missed his bat since he was struggling before going on the DL, but if Magglio doesn’t rebound, we may need Guillen in left field, with Anderson and Kelly platooning in right.
AD: "....Detroit to finish the season strong, winning the AL Central crown, but not the World Series hardware. I see Detroit maybe picking up another bat for the lineup. A few Tigers have a great chance at winning awards; Porcello, Inge, Cabrera, Verlander and Jackson all have really great opportunities to win some trophies.
MS: "...a tight race in the Central. So far, the Tigers have not convinced me that they can consistently beat the Twins and White Sox ,and they cannot afford to let them hang around. The Tigs need to dominate the head-to-head matchups in order to secure a playoff spot."
GE: "...the Tigers to contend the rest of the way, and especially if they can acquire one more big bat in the middle of the lineup, preferably a lefty slugger. I expect someone in the Central to make a move, and I expect the Tigers to hold that team off, but barely."
JM: "...Detroit Tigers to hang on to the division lead outlasting the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers will lose in the ALCS. Great season and a chance to rebuild in 2010."
JL:"...a heated pennant race. Down the stretch, Chicago, Minnesota, and Detroit will sprint for the Central crown, and at this point, no one is running away. Each team has shown significant deficiencies, as Detroit's bats have cooled to the tune of a ninth-place ranking in AL run production. Assisting the chilly bats, Verlander should stay in contention for the Cy Young, and the Rookie of the Year Award is Porcello's to lose."