2013 Detroit Tigers thread

Let’s give this another shot, shall we? My first Tigers thread lead to them making the ALCS (losing to Texas) and the second lead to them making the World Series (swept by SF), so the only logical conclusion is that this year they will make and Win the World Series. If they don’t, you’ll never hear from me again.

Projected Starters/Bench w/ 2012 stats (avg, HR, RBI, comments):

C-Alex Avila (.243, 9, 48, huge step back after great 2011 season, needs to step up)
1B-Prince Fielder (.313, 30, 108, solid)
2B-Omar Infante (.274, 12, 53 split between MIA/DET, but only hit .257 with DET)
3B-Miguel Cabrera (.330, 44, 139, Triple Crown and 2012 AL MVP)
SS-Jhonny Peralta (.239, 13, 63, only still with the team due to lack of other options)
LF-Andy Dirks (.322, 8, 35, looking forward to see what he can do in a full season)
CF-Austin Jackson (.300, 16, 66, great response to a not-great 2011)
RF-Torii Hunter (.313, 16, 92 with LAA, hope he stays healthy and productive)
DH-Victor Martinez (missed 2012 due to injuries, career .303 hitter)

Bench:

Brayan Pena – C (don’t know enough about him), Ramon Santiago – IF (still?). Rosters online show just the two bench players, but I’m assuming they’ll have Don Kelly – IF/OF (good spring) and Matt Tuiasosopo – IF/OF (no comments yet) break camp with them while Avisail Garcia – OF (Miggy light) spends time on the DL

Rotation w/ 2012 stats (ERA, W-L, K’s, comments):

Justin Verlander (2.64, 17-8, 239, arguably should have won another Cy Young, just signed extension)
Anibal Sanchez (3.86, 9-13, 167 split between MIA/DET, 3.74 ERA with DET and pitched well in the playoffs)
Rick Porcello (4.59, 10-12, 107, still very young (24), had a good spring with all of the trade rumors and wins 14 games in odd-numbered years, so there’s that)
Doug Fister (3.45, 10-10, 137 in injury-riddled year but also hasn’t had a great spring)
Max Scherzer (3.74, 16-7, 231, great 2012, let’s see if he builds on it)

Bullpen (ERA, IP, comments)

Al Alburquerque (0.68, 13.1, missed most of 2012 with injury)
Joaquin Benoit (3.68, 71.0, will split closer duties)
Phil Coke (4.00, 54.0, great playoffs and will split closer duties)
Octavio Dotel (3.57, 58.0, will also close)
Darin Downs (3.48, 20.2, need to see more of him but hope I don’t)
Drew Smyly (3.99, 99.1, in the running for 5th starter but will start in the ‘pen)
Brayan Villarreal (2.63, 54.2, very solid numbers)

One of the odds-on favorites to win it all, but there are big questions about the bullpen, bench, and defense. But that’s why they play the games!

Opening Day win for your Detroit Tigers, as they take down the Twins in Minnesota, 4-2.

Well, the dream of an undefeated season died today as the Tigers lost to Minnesota, 3-2, giving up 2 runs in the 9th.

Your Tigers drop another one to the Twins today, 8-2.

Nice home opener for the Tigers today, beating the Yankees 8-3.

Weekend update for the Tigers against the Yankees: 8-4 win on Saturday, 7-0 loss on Sunday.

World Series Champs!

After a day off, Detroit defeats Toronto 7-3.

The good news? The Tigers score 6 runs. The bad news? Toronto scores 8.

Nice bounce-back win today for your Tigers, beating Toronto by a score of 11-1.

Recap from last night, Detroit falls to Oakland 4-3 in 12 innings.

Good weekend in Oakland for the Tigers as they pick up wins on Saturday (7-3) and Sunday (10-1).

Detroit wins on Tuesday vs. Seattle, 6-2.

Tigers get a late win, 2-1, in 14 innings in Seattle. Looking forward to watching JV pitch live today.

Tough loss today, 2-0, in Seattle. Fun game to be at though.

Detroit drops game one to the Angels in L.A., 8-1.

Update from this weekends action against LAA: Tigers (Rick Porcello) get smacked around on Saturday, 10-1, after giving up 9 runs (!) in the 1st. Sunday, loss in extras, 4-3.

Your Tigers pick up a win against KC, 7-5

After a 8-3 loss to KC on Thursday, the Tigers bounce back with a big 10-0 win against Atlanta with Anibal Sanchez striking out 17 in just 8 innings.

Weekend recap for the Tigers, a win Saturday afternoon (7-4) and Sunday night (8-3) against the Braves.