Opening Day 2014: Detroit Tigers Season Outlook

Opening Day 2014: Detroit Tigers Season Outlook

Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
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There have been a lot of changes around the Detroit Tigers in 2014, and they're hoping their new pieces will fall into place so they can continue to make it to the postseason. While the faces have changed, they still have the core of their foundation and should be able to rely on their stars to continue the success.

Top Hitters

Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
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Top Hitters

Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
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Miguel Cabrera will most likely run away with the honor of being the team's most valuable hitter in 2014, but the more important thing for the Tigers is who will produce around him. A lot of pressure will be placed on Victor Martinez, who should be able to carry the load of the clean-up hitter.
The Tigers will also need Austin Jackson and Alex Avila to have a bounce-back seasons offensively to be productive at the bottom of the batting order.

Top Pitchers

Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
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Top Pitchers

Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
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Max Scherzer was the Tigers' best pitcher in 2013, and I see no reason to assume he won't repeat that feat this year. Scherzer has yet to experience a major dip in velocity in his career and has added a curveball to his repertoire in the offseason.
Justin Verlander will most likely have a better season than he did last year, but Scherzer seems to be closer to the peak of his pitching career than Verlander.

Top Newcomers

Joe Nathan Detroit Tigers
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Top Newcomers

Joe Nathan Detroit Tigers
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There's no shortage of options when it comes to Tigers' newcomers, but the one they needed the most was a closer. Ian Kinsler is replacing a very reliable Omar Infante, so the difference in offensive and defensive output won't vary much at second base. However, they were desperate for a reliable closer, and they now have one for the first time in what feels like a long while.

Top Rookies/Prospects

Nick Castellanos Detroit Tigers Spring Training
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Top Rookies/Prospects

Nick Castellanos Detroit Tigers Spring Training
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Nick Castellanos has shown signs of rapid growth this spring training, and they'll need him to progress quickly if he's going to live up to all his hype. He's going back to his natural position defensively and could make a run at the Rookie of the Year award.

Final Record/Divisional Standing

Victor Martinez Celebrates Detroit Tigers Postseason
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Final Record/Divisional Standing

Victor Martinez Celebrates Detroit Tigers Postseason
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The Tigers have a lot less power than they did in 2013, but it could work to their advantage. They needed to be a bit more spry than they were in the past. With the addition of the new players and injuries, it may take some time for this Tigers' squad to mesh, but they should be able to fall back on their solid starting pitching to get them through the first half and make a run at a fourth consecutive AL Central title.

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