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10 BOLD predictions for the 2019 Tigers

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Detroit Tigers’ Predictions

The last two seasons have been disappointing.  There’s no doubt about that, and they’ve signaled that the Tigers are rebuilding. Do we have any reason to believe that this year will be any better?  Maybe we do.  Here are ten bold predictions for the Detroit Tigers this season.

Cabrera Healthy

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If the Tigers hope to have any success this year, they need Miguel Cabrera to stay healthy.  It’s no mistake that their biggest bat was hurt for the past two seasons and the team put up terrible numbers.

The first bold prediction is that Cabrera will play 150 games this season.  He’ll split time between first base and DH to lessen the pressure on his body.  Not having to go out in the field every day will reinvigorate the big man and he’ll get back to being a dominant spot in the lineup.

Cabrera Comeback

Speaking of Cabrera, staying healthy is going to do wonders for his game.  His average will balloon to a much more Miguel-like .333, and some of the power will even return.  It will be more than enough for him to win AL Comeback Player of the Year.

Stewart goes Yard

Christian Stewart is an intriguing player.  The Tigers have struggled to get production from left field ever since Yoenis Cespedes.  Stewart has shown a lot of polish and pop in the minor leagues.  In four seasons in the minor leagues, he has 93 home runs.

In his first full season with the big club, Stewart is going to impress.  He will belt 30 home runs this year and be a consistent performer behind Cabrera and Castellanos.

Castellanos Stays

Speaking of Castellanos, he isn’t going anywhere.  There have been rumors that Nick is trade-bait.  That he doesn’t want to stick around for the rebuild.  That the Tigers don’t want to shell out the money he wants.  Don’t believe any of it.

Not only will Castellanos sign an extension mid-season, but the Tigers will also ink him just in time because…

Special Season

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Nick Castellanos is going to make a run at the triple crown.  Nick’s batting average has been trending up the past two seasons without losing power.  This is the season that he puts it all together and almost matches Cabrera’s feat from 2012.  Coincidentally, it’s Cabrera who stops him from taking the crown.  Castellanos leads the league in home runs and RBI but falls just two points behind Cabrera for the batting title.

The kid is Alright

Daz Cameron gets called up.  No, that’s not all.  That would hardly be a bold prediction.  Cameron gets the call up in May and immediately gives the Tigers something they haven’t had in a long time, a true lead-off hitter.

He doesn’t blast the ball out of the park like some of the other hitters, but that difference is what makes him so valuable.  Daz gets on base, and he does it a lot.  Then, when he’s on base, he takes some extra ones.

Cameron will lead the league in steals as a rookie.  He’ll generate plenty of walks to go with a healthy batting average.  That combination will lead to Daz Cameron being named an All-Star.

Moore like It

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Back in 2013, it looked like Matt Moore was the next superstar.  A young lefty with electric stuff and a head for the game.  Then he got hurt.  He underwent Tommy John surgery.  He was never the same.  It’s hard to predict how long it can take a pitcher to recover from a torn ligament.  How much mental and physical retraining is required before they finally bounce back.  Well, that’s precisely what I’m doing.  Moore is going to have a big year.

He signed a one-year, and the Tigers are going to kick themselves for not locking him down long term.  Moore will win his first ten decisions, pitching late into games and saving the shaky bullpen.  He’ll end up in the top ten in Cy Young voting and be a bright spot in the lineup.

Rookie of the Year

Spencer Turnbull barely beat out Daniel Norris for the last spot in the rotation.  Time is going to show what a great idea that was for the Tigers.  Turnbull is going to come out blazing, striking out thirty in his first three starts.  Then he’ll settle in and begin to dominate hitters.  His stuff will move, his arm slot will deceive, they won’t have enough tape on him.  All of this will lead to a sub-three ERA.  The baseball world will take notice, and Spencer Turnbull will win Rookie of the Year.

Ace up their Sleeve

Jordan Zimmerman.  He was supposed to be the piece that the Tigers needed.  This was back when he wasn’t expected to be the ace of the staff.  But after Verlander and the like left town, Zimmerman remained, and he has not impressed.

This is the year that Zimmerman does what no one believes he is capable of.  He becomes the ace of a staff.  The young pitchers are going to look to him for guidance, and that role is going to restore his confidence.  Jordan Zimmerman will win twenty games for the Tigers.  After finding his stride, he works deep into games by keeping his pitch count low and cutting down on the walks, and this allows him to dominate his opponents.

Wild Card

The Tigers will play competitive baseball down the stretch, which is maybe the boldest prediction of all.  Not only that, but they will hang on and capture one of the wild-card spots in the AL.

What do you think?  Am I crazy?  Are these predictions too bold?  You can let me know here.

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ starting lineup for series opener vs. White Sox

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On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers look to put a halt to their 5-game losing streak when they host the Chicago White Sox in the first of a four-game series.

Here are the starting lineups for the game.

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers’ rookie slugger placed on IL

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According to the Detroit Tigers, rookie outfielder Christin Stewart has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain. In a corresponding move, infielder Brandon Dixon has been recalled from Toledo.

Stewart was injured in Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.

So far, in 20 games with the Tigers this season, Stewart is hitting .232 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.
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Detroit Tigers’ rookie outfielder injured vs. Pirates

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According to reports, Detroit Tigers’ rookie Christin Stewart left Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a right medial quad spasm.

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Stewart was hurt and forced from the game under his own power after popping out in the eighth inning.

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