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Slowey Watch 2013
***Kevin Slowey has been summoned to the bullpen in order to start a book club. Check back for frequent Slopdates (Slowey Updates).***
Update (6/17): Slowey was moved to the bullpen, which will save Miami's season.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
2013 Detroit Tigers Preview from a Minnesota Twins fan
Let's take a look at the competish, shall we? The Detroit
Tigers were in the World Series last season.
That is pretty good! Delmon Young
was the MVP of the ALCS. Delmon
Young. Clearly the goal of the ALCS is
to take the choppiest steps while running.
While watching the playoffs, my wife astutely pointed out that the 2012
Tigers could have been the fattest team ever.
Miguel Cabrera, Jose Valverde, Prince Fielder, Delmon Young, Phil Coke,
and Jhonny Peralta come to mind. It's
not nice to make fun of people for their weight though. She thinks all baseball players are kind of
fat, to be fair. It must be the
uniforms. So, what were the Tigers up to
this Winter? What does the 2013 season
hold for the Detroit Tigers?
Let's find out!
Tigers 2012 - Actual W-L - 88-74 ; Pythagorean W-L - 87-75
Acquisitions -Ramon Cabrera from
Pittsburgh for Andy Oliver
Losses -Andy Oliver, Daniel Schlereth,
Adam Wilk, Jose Valverde, Delmon Young
Actual key losses - Wow, none really
by Subtraction - Valverde, who was overrated when he was good and mostly bad
last year. Young, as no one in Detroit as to worry that Delmon will run into a dam while chasing a fly ball and flood the whole city.
Claims - None
Minor League Deals -Shawn Hill, Don
Moves -Exercised Jhonny Peralta's
Ohption and Octavio Dotel's option, depriving him of his annual new team
Twin alert! -Torii Hunter signed a
pretty big deal for a 37-year-old, but he's been productive the last few years.
Dodged -Torii Hunter did not sign said
contract with the Twins, who would have no reason to sign him and no place to
reasonably play him without blocking a younger player. There were many who still wanted the Twins to
couldn't believe this team went to the World Series last year. I wrote this short post about the Tigers
in late September last season. I
did not believe in their defense and I did not think their bullpen was good
beyond Joaquin Benoit. To be fair, the
whole AL was pretty weak in last year's playoffs. The Yankees imploded and the Orioles and A's
overachieved to even get there. I still
feel that the Angels were the best AL team last season. Regardless, you can't take a World Series
appearance away from a team.
though I still hate their defense, I see a close to non-zero chance that they
miss the playoffs. In fact, I'd be very surprised if they do not win the Central.
The Royals jumping up significantly is pretty much the only scenario
that I see, but that still seems a bit unlikely.
As big as the Tigers' holes are, they can fill them with massive
power-hitting beasts. Miguel Cabrera was
the MVP of the AL last year and won the Triple Crown. Prince Fielder was as advertised. Victor Martinezreturns and Torii Hunter
replaces Delmon Young, which makes the lineup that much scarier. If Austin Jackson and Avisail Garciacontinue to develop
andAlex Avila bounces back, this lineup could be extremely potent.
starting pitching is great as well. Justin Verlander is the best. Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez are are solid and sometimes much better
than solid. The bullpen could be better,
simply with the subtraction of Valverde and the addition of flame-throwing
rookie Bruce Rondon. This guy throws
wicked hard. He should be really fun to
watch, although growing pains are to be expected. Dotel is back and Benoit is
solid. Phil Coke emerged in the ALCS and
could ride his confidence/quirkiness to a successful season. In fact, you could argue that Phil Coke is
the Zooey Deschanel of the Tigers. You
all, this is a really good team. I think
they are clearly the class of the AL Central.
they better than last year?
Yup. Their bullpen should be improved
and they get a full season of Anibal Sanchez.
Plus, Victor Martinez is back and they really didn't lose anyone of
the Twins can finish ahead of them- Um, they
Division Finish- First. I'd be shocked if they didn't win the
Central. As high as I am on the Royals, I still think the Tigers are better. There is way too much talent on
this team. Obligatory injury