Detroit Tigers tickets are holding out the promise of another AL Central Championship. This time Tigers fans are hoping it will be easier than it was last season when Detroit was also favored to win the division but found themselves mired in the muck, victims of an uncannily slow start. Although they did rally later in the season, the hope is that the Tigers will get the jump in the 2013 MLB season and fulfill their promise, one that includes a possible shot at a World Series appearance.
A look back to last season provides some includes on the thinking of the 2013 version of the Detroit Tigers. After capturing a sweep of the New York Yankees, Detroit floundered against the San Francisco Giants in an agonizing loss of confidence at the plate. Curious because up until that point the Tigers were considered an offensive minded team. In 2013 Detroit Tigers ticket holders should see that swagger return along with a healthy Victor Martinez, a DH relied on heavily in the Tigers lineup. Adding Torii Hunter also looks like a promising move as he’s hitting as well as he has in his career.
On the mound Justin Verlander will be as reliable a starter as any MLB team could hope for. Management made a good move in deciding to ink Anibal Sanchez, though the honor cost them major bucks. Toss in Maxcherzer and you’ve got a very promising banquet of arms. If there’s any uncertainty here it lies in the bullpen where the Tigers will have to find a closer on whom they can depend out of a small group of contenders.
The potential lineup includes Austin Jackson leading off, followed by Hunter and his steady bat. Miguel Cabrera in the #3 spot will keep pitchers nervous. Prince Fielder is going to have to improve on his stats from last season but there’s no reason to think he can’t. The presence of Martinez makes everyone else’s job easier.
The Detroit Tigers seem to have all the pieces in place for a strong season. If health goes their way, they’ll win the AL Central and could be poised to take the next step.