Tigers Preview: Outfield

The final Tigers Preview will be their outfield. I will tell you which positions are strong and which need improvement.

The projected lineup is this:

LF: Justin Upton

CF: JaCoby Jones

RF: J.D Martinez

Andrew Romine will also play center field for the Tigers on some days.  I think that the Tigers need to sign a veteran center fielder, not necessarily to start, but to back up JaCoby Jones and to make Jones compete for his job. This could also result in Jones getting good fielding advice from a veteran player. J.D Martinez is their future in the outfield and has already proven he can be a franchise player, so it is important that no matter what trade offers the Tigers get for him, the Tigers keep him.

Tigers Release Mark Lowe

The Detroit Tigers cut veteran Reliever Mark Lowe as one of their many Spring Training cuts. The Tigers now have 5 relief pitchers on their team. The Tigers owe Lowe $5.5 million dollars for the upcoming season. Any team can sign him for any amount, which will usually be minimum salary, and the Tigers will still pay the rest of his $5.5 million dollar salary.

Tigers Preview – Infield

This article is going to preview the Detroit Tigers infield for the 2017 season. I will tell you what I think the Tigers need to improve.

Catcher: James McCann

First Base: Miguel Cabrera

Second Base: Ian Kinsler

Third Base: Nick Castellanos

Shortstop: Jose Iglesias

I believe that the Tigers need to sign a utility infielder to backup players and start when the regular starters are resting. Also, I think they need to sign a backup catcher. McCann needs to prove that he can be an every day starter.

Tigers Preview – Pitching

This article is going to be the first of several articles that will preview the Detroit Tigers this year. This one will look at their pitching for the upcoming season.

Starting Rotation

The predicted starting rotation for the Tigers will be this:

    1. Justin Verlander (16-9, 3.04 ERA)
    2. Jordan Zimmerman (9-7, 4.87 ERA)
    3. Michael Fulmer (11-7, 3.06 ERA)
    4. Daniel Norris (4-2, 3.38 ERA)
    5. Anibal Sanchez (7-13, 5.87 ERA)
    I believe that the Tigers need to sign a starting pitcher to replace Anibal Sanchez because Sanchez is getting old and last year he struggled to win games. The problem is, if they want to get a new pitcher, they will need to give someone up, and if that someone is Sanchez, there will not be a lot of teams interested in making a trade because Sanchez is not going to help. This means they could have to trade a prospect, and that is not what the Tigers want to do.

Bullpen

These are the players that will most likely be in the Tigers bullpen in 2017

1. Shane Greene (Relief)

2. Bruce Rondon (Relief)

3.  Mark Lowe (Relief)

4. Alex Wison (Setup)

5. Justin Wilson (Setup)

6. Francisco Rodriguez (Closer)

The setup and closers spots look good, but I think the Tigers need a better relief pitcher to pitch more than 2 innings.

All the stats were from the 2016 season.

Stadium Central – Rogers Centre

This edition of Stadium Central is Rogers Centre in Toronto. I have been to the Rogers Centre and it is one of the best stadiums in the MLB. In this post, I will tell you some cool things about this stadium.

Seating and History

The seating of this stadium is 49,282 for baseball games and 47,107 for football games. Roger Centre was formerly known as the SkyDome and has been open since 1989.

Fun Facts

The entire development is 12.7 acres. There are 5 levels in the Rogers Centre. A 31 story office building can fit inside the Rogers Centre. And finally, the main video board is 110 feet by 33 feet!

The Rogers Centre is a great place to watch a game and one of the unique stadiums in the country.