5 Biggest Concerns For 2014 Detroit Tigers

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Detroit Tigers: 5 Biggest Concerns For 2014

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Rick Osentoski- USA TODAY Sports

You know the saying that says hope springs eternal? Well for Detroit Tigers fans, it should be changed to "concerns spring eternal." Every year, the roster is held together with materials worse than stuff that the Titanic is made of (too soon?) Like the Titanic, this team also has one of the most magnificent-looking rosters that have been the source of envy for every other team. The money put into the boat makes you stare at it with awe, but when put into use, it leaves you drowning in a frigid ocean and holding on to a dead person's hand for an awkward amount of time. I should quit the Titanic references before I start comparing individual players to Kate Winslet.

Simply put, this team is a championship-level team on paper except for a few positions that always seem to end up engulfing the team's chances. This year is no different, with multi-million superstars surrounded by dollar store pickups. Thrift store shopping isn't always that great no matter what Macklemore says -- Don Kelly may be retro, but I'd rather have the expensive coat to protect me from rain.

So, here are the five biggest concerns that the Tigers have going into 2014. It would be nice if a projected concern actually ended up not being a problem, but we all know that Tigers fans are cursed worse than me picking up ladies on my scooter. That's pretty cursed.

Brent Smith is a Detroit Tigers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @brentweets or add him to your network on Google

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5. Nick Castellanos

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How will the rookie play, especially with all of the pressure of expectations at such a crucial offensive/defensive position? No one is expecting gigantic numbers, but if Nick Castellanos does not perform well, the Tigers are going to have a gaping hole in their infield.

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4. Left Field

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Andy Dirks is the starting left fielder. I think you know why this is listed.

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3. Rick Porcello

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Can Rick Porcello fill the giant void created by the loss of Doug Fister? Can Rick Porcello be a solid, dependable starting pitcher all year long in 2014? Can Rick Porcello dunk? All questions I need answered.

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2. The Bullpen

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Joe Nathan is going to give the bullpen a huge boost, but the last time the Tigers didn't have a bullpen problem was during the Eisenhower administration -- mostly because there were no bullpens then.

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1. Miguel Cabrera's Health

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There have been days where I felt like just calling this team the Miguel Cabreras. No person is as important to a team as Miguel Cabrera is to the Detroit Tigers and when he was hurt last season, so were the hopes and dreams of every Tigers fan along with it. The Tigers have to have a healthy Miguel Cabrera in 2014.

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