Detroit Tigers Season Preview

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Mar 24, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) is out at third after the tag by Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) during the first inning of a spring training baseball game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Who is bound to breakout? 

Nick Castellanos:

Castellanos intrigues me. Coming up we knew he had a good bat and could be outstanding at the next level but I think this is the year Castellanos breaks out.

His OPS was average last year and his batting average wasn’t great. Defensively Castellanos was a mess as he committed the 4th most errors from a third baseman.

Nick Castellanos should be better this year and I expect him to breakout at some point in the season.


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Central Problems: 

There is no team in this division that doesn’t have a shot to be competitive but this is a two-horse race in my opinion. Detroit and Cleveland are going to slug it out for the Central crown.

Cleveland – 

I love Cleveland from the aspect they have the CY Young winner in Kluber and I expect a healthy Jason Kipnis to be outstanding. There’s many questions about Cleveland but I think they will be the Tigers biggest threat and in my mind the division winner.

Mar 29, 2015; Clearwater, FL, USA; A general view of a Detroit Tigers hat, glove and sunglasses in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit – 

I think Detroit is a team that could be outstanding or a dud. Tigers problems start in the bullpen and I don’t see that changing. Joba Chamberlain is a train wreck, Nathan is bad and Soria is the one gleam of hope baring a young kid stepping up.

Love the Tigers lineup but that bullpen and a drastically improved Indians squad makes Cleveland the favorite in my mind.

Season Simulation AL Central:

Indians 85-77

Tigers 83-79

Twins 81-81

Royals 76-86

White Sox 73-89

Notes: Tigers made it as a WC to face New York Yankees and lost.


There’s a lot to like about this Tigers team specifically the lineup, but the bullpen is a mess and we don’t know how Verlander will come back.

I’m eager to see what happens because at this point, I don’t see the Tigers winning the Central like I did in years past and partly because I have zero confidence in the bullpen.