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After a season in which they had 13 different pitchers start games, the Tigers used this offseason to remedy their starting rotation woes. The acquisitions of Matt Moore and Tyson Ross via free agency added some veteran experience to the Tigers’ rotation that had the fourth least wins in games started (36). Looking ahead to the 2019 season, here’s a breakdown of the rotation as well as who could make an impact in the next few years.

2019 Projected Rotation:

  1. Jordan Zimmermann
  2. Matt Boyd
  3. Tyson Ross
  4. Matt Moore
  5. Spencer Turnbull

Jordan Zimmermann

The injury to Michael Fulmer along with Zimmermann’s experience makes him the most likely candidate for Opening Day. A subpar 4.73 spring ERA doesn’t necessarily display Zimmermann’s ability on the mound, but his ability to find the strike zone grants him the first spot in the rotation.

Matt Boyd

In what could be his breakout year, Boyd is looking like the strongest arm in the rotation this year. His .319 opponent BA this spring was not enthusing, but at 26, Boyd seems like the most dependable option in the rotation (at least until the trade deadline)…

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Tyson Ross

There’s a lot to be excited about in Ross. A bullpen designation near the end of last season did wonders for the right-hander as he lowered his ERA from 4.45 in 22 starts with the Padres to 2.73 in 9 games with the Cardinals (1 start).

Matt Moore

The acquisition of Matt Moore was undoubtedly not the most notable offseason move. However, a lefty in the rotation can’t hurt a rebuilding team’s roster. A terrible 2018 season will hopefully be left in the rearview mirror as Moore looks for a better season in the Motor City.

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Spencer Turnbull

The biggest battle this spring was between the 26-year-old Turnbull and the left-handed Daniel Norris. Turnbull has had the better spring, but this is not the sole reason I see him winning the fifth spot. If the Tigers were to keep Norris in the minors long enough, they would gain an extra year of team control. Both factors ultimately contribute to the likelihood of Turnbull earning a spot on the opening day roster.

On the Outside Looking In

These players aren’t likely to break the opening day roster, but they are sure to make an impact in Detroit sometime this season.

Daniel Norris

As previously mentioned, Norris’ contract is a large part of why he will start in AAA. Injuries have been an all-too-regular part of Norris’ young career, and his numbers have not helped his case. A 5.68 ERA in 11 games last year with Detroit puts a big question mark on Norris’ future with the team but expect him to make some appearances in Detroit throughout 2019.

Kyle Funkhouser

The 25-year-old is still a big part of Detroit’s plans. A freak injury and some command issues have plagued Funkhouser the past two seasons, but he is bound for the Toledo rotation and potentially some starts with the big-league team.

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The Future is Bright

The Tigers have one of the best farm systems in baseball when it comes to starting pitching. However, many of these prospects are young and don’t look to be major league-ready. Here’s a look at the future of Detroit Tigers pitching.

Matt Manning– 2018 Stats (West Michigan, Lakeland, Erie): 3.29 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 11.8 K/9

Alex Faedo – 2018 Stats (Lakeland, Erie): 4.02 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, .228 Opp. BA

Casey Mize – 2018 Stats (GCL Tigers, Lakeland): 3.95 ERA in five games, 9.2 K/9

Gregory Soto – 2018 Stats (Lakeland): 8-8 with 4.45 ERA in 25 total games (23 starts); will serve a 20-game suspension at the beginning of the 2019 season

Franklin Perez – 2018 Stats (GCL Tigers, Lakeland): 6.52 ERA in seven games before a season-ending injury

Beau Burrows– 2018 Stats (Erie): 4.10 ERA in 26 starts, 1.36 WHIP, 8.53 K/9

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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

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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.
To read the rest of the mock draft, please click here.

 

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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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