I won’t break down the Tiger trades. It is silly to me.
The only question I care about is can the Tigers win the World Series? My gut feeling tells me they improved enough to do that.
Here is a part of your Tigers lineup. Ian Kinsler, Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, JD Martinez and Nick Castellanos. That is pretty imposing.
Even though pitcher Rick Porcello is now in Boston throwing out David Price, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez is a nice start to any pitching rotation. The Tigers shook it up and kept it fresh. Here is what you must remember. It did not work the other way and it was not going to work the other way.
The key to the Tigers season is can Cabrera remain healthy and will Verlander keep his promise and reinvent himself. He knows he cannot throw heat like he used to. I truly believe he is past his core surgery that slowed him last season and he is past being a stubborn guy that lives in the past. If I am right the Tigers go to the World Series. If I am wrong they do not. It is simple as that.
I know what you are thinking. What about that doggone bullpen? You are right. It was bad and I am not doing back flips over it now. However, we must blame manager Brad Ausmus for not turning to parts of the bullpen that were actually working. He stuck with name players that did not have game.
He ignored lesser names that were pitching pretty well.
Here is what scares me. Cespedes is immature. I mean he has a fire breathing car for heaven sakes. And new starting pitcher Alfredo Simon has legal issues that won’t go away. He may have murdered someone. And he still faces a civil lawsuit in a sexual assault charge. We need to pay close attention to that one.
The sports world has changed and sexual assault is no longer handled by the good old boys who slap people on the back and say “don’t do it again now go out there and win that game.”