Detroit Tigers: Do the Tigers Have Enough Pitching to Contend In the AL Central?
Detroit Tigers Noticeably Lacking Depth in Starting Rotation
It's primed for another wild and wacky season in Major League Baseball.
The Detroit Tigers are hoping things don't get too wild and wacky regarding their starting rotation.
As of now they're slated to start (in order): Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Phil Coke and Brad Penny.
In addition to the fact that the Tigers only have two legitimate threats in the starting rotation (Verlander and Scherzer), the Tigers also have to deal with Coke transitioning from being a reliever to a starter (one career start) and Brad Penny's injury problems (he started just nine games last year with St. Louis).
The good news is the Tigers have a potent lineup, especially with the addition of catcher Victor Martinez, but so do the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox, both teams that finished ahead of the Tigers in the standings last season.
Because of the discrepancy in starting rotation, the signing of Martinez was arguably the most important move the Tigers made in the offseason, in addition to bringing Magglio Ordonez back.
However, there's always the question whether Miguel Cabrera will be the same player, finding himself in trouble with the law these days. Will he become distracted on the field, or can he push through?
In the end, the Tigers do have a lineup that can help them contend in the AL Central, but their starting pitching makes it hard to see them as legitimate AL Central champs in 2011.
For Thomas Copain's view on their chances, go here.
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