Don't Expect Too Many Surprises From 'Under Construction' Tigers

Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:21 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 7:21 PM UTC

The Tigers have lost 98 games in each of their last two seasons and 2019 might not get much better. The sportsbooks are predicting improvement via their season win total for Detroit, but is that false hope?

<h2 style="text-align:center;"><strong>World Series Odds (+15,000)</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;"><strong>American League Pennant Odds (+12,500)</strong></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;"><strong>Season Win Total (67.5) @ <a href=";book=BetOnline" target="_blank" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a></strong></h2><p>A young Tigers team without much in terms of hot prospects probably won’t surprise many people this season. Their big issues are the health of their veterans and whether any of them could be traded before the end of the season.</p><h2><strong>Can Miguel Cabrera And Tigers’ Offense Stay Healthy?</strong></h2><p>After only playing about three dozen games last year due to injuries, Miguel Cabrera is hopeful to be healthy for a full season in 2019. The veteran slugger could add a ton of win shares to this Tigers club if he can stay healthy for 130-140 games, but that is a big if at this point.</p><p>However, if he is healthy, the Tigers will have a huge missing piece back in their lineup. Around him may be a bigger question though. Nick Castellanos is about the only other truly solid power hitter the Tigers possess. The rest of their offense is somewhat in question.</p><p>Jeimer Candelario has shown flashes of being a great leadoff hitter, but he also slumped some last season and I don’t know which way his career will take him this season. Christin Stewart is a talented lefty that should slide into the second spot in the order, but down the back half of the order has very few imposing names.</p><p>The Tigers signed Jordy Mercer to a short-term deal this offseason, but him, Mikie Mahtook, Grayson Greiner, and JaCoby Jones is a pretty poor back half of a starting MLB lineup.</p><p>Things don’t get much better in their farm system either when it comes to hitting. They do have some nice pitching prospects that could make their presence felt later this year, but as far as hitting in the minors goes, there isn’t a star player in the waiting that will come up and bat .300.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Detroit Tigers' farm system ranked No. 18 in MLB --&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Detroit News Sports (@detnews_sports) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 5, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2><strong>Patchwork Pitching Signings</strong></h2><p>The Tigers have done a nice job of signing guys but they have not spent much money and the guys they have signed are on short or even one year deals. The additions of Tyson Ross and Matt Moore are pretty good ones for a rebuilding team. They will stabilize the back two spots in the rotation and assuming the Tigers’ top three pitchers stay healthy, could be some nice stop gaps.</p><p>That being said, when it gets toward the trade deadline, if either of them are pitching well, the Tigers will likely trade one or both of them to gather some hitting prospects and to open up innings to their young pitchers.</p><p>Beau Burrows and Alex Faedo are two names to keep an eye on for Detroit. Both pitched well in Double-A last season and if either Ross or Moore get flipped for assets, those two could be the first to get a look at the major league level.</p><h2><strong>The Rebuild Continues</strong></h2><p><a href="" title="Stay Atop Live Odds Here">I’d like to think that if everything goes right for this club, </a>they could threaten to get to 70 wins and a third place finish in the AL Central. However, if everything goes wrong, they could be once again close to 100 losses.</p><p>That kind of gap when it comes to floor and ceiling is one that makes me look at their win total of 67.5 and think the under could be a somewhat valuable play.</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Check All Our MLB Picks">Season Win Total Pick:</a> </strong>UNDER 67.5</p>
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