Limited Usage of Pelfrey & Sanchez
Some fans hoped the Detroit Tigers would be buyers this off-season. Another faction hoped they’d sell to gear up for the future. These two camps didn’t agree on much except that they did not want to see Mike Pelfrey and Anibal Sanchez pitch another inning in the old English D uniform.
So, it doesn’t breed much confidence that not only is the duo still on the team, they’ll each be competing for a rotation spot. Pelfrey was rocked during stints in the rotation and bullpen. Sanchez never had a monthly ERA under 4, and will be 33 this year. For the Tigers to be in contention this year, these two cannot be counted on.
The top of the rotation is certain to be Verlander, Zimmermann, and reigning rookie of the year, Michael Fulmer. The final two will likely be Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd, who each pitched very well down the stretch on a rotation ravished by injuries and ineffectiveness.