Detroit Tigers slide in latest MLB Power Rankings

Down four spots from a week ago

The 2022 MLB regular season is off and running and our Detroit Tigers have had their ups and downs as they are off to a 4-5 record.

On Monday, The Athletic dropped their latest MLB Power Rankings and the Tigers checked in at No. 21, which is down four spots from when they were No. 17 a week ago.

Here is what The Athletic has to say about the Tigers.

21. Detroit Tigers

Record as of 4/18: 4-5
Last Power Ranking: 17

After spending a few days in Detroit and coming away thinking the Tigers could be pretty decent this season, I checked in with Cody Stavenhagen’s Twitter feed expecting to see breathless musings of Spencer Torkelson’s feats of strength. Instead, I got this:

And those were all within 21 minutes of one another (and said nothing of the wait to get Riley Greene’s broken foot healed, and it was before Matt Manning got hurt). The Tigers still have the makings of an interesting team. Middle-of-the-pack maybe — they’re ranked here for a reason — but at the very least, they could be a factor if a few things break in their favor (like Torkelson living up to the hype, and Austin Meadows returning to form). Gotta get and stay, healthy, though. That’s been a challenge.

Up next for the Tigers is the New York Yankees, who check in at No. 7 in The Athletic’s latest power rankings.

In case you were wondering, the Top 5 in the Power Rankings is as follows:

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers (7-2)
  2. Toronto Blue Jays (6-4)
  3. New York Mets (7-3)
  4. San Francisco Giants (7-2)
  5. Chicago White Sox (6-3)

To see the full rankings, please click here.

Nation, where would you rank the Detroit Tigers compared to other MLB teams?

Fantasy Baseball: 3 Things We Learned in Week 2

Welcome back to the 3 Things We Learned Series for the 2022 MLB season! This weekly piece will look at the trends, patterns, and interesting statistical touchpoints of the MLB season in order to help you make actionable fantasy decisions.

Baseball fans love their stats. We devour them, dissect them, and build our fantasy rosters around them. Each week of the 2022 baseball season, we will be gifted with another statistical sample size of pitches, plate appearances, and playing time. Knowing it often takes hundreds or even thousands of pitches or batted-ball events for trends to normalize, how should fantasy managers adjust to the ebbs and flows of weekly player performance?

Each week during this season, this piece will look at trends that have emerged over the past week and determine if it is signal or noise moving forward. What is prescriptive in helping build winning fantasy teams and what can be ignored as small sample size noise? Hopefully, we can make sense of what has just happened to help us make smarter roster and free agent budget decisions.

Let’s take a look at some of the data from the second scoring period of the 2022 MLB fantasy baseball season.

To read more, please click here.

Written by W.G. Brady

W.G. Brady is a Detroit-based journalist who has been covering the Detroit sports scene for Detroit Sports Nation for several years. He is in his early 30s and has a wealth of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, W.G. has established himself as a respected and knowledgeable journalist known for his in-depth coverage of the teams and athletes in Detroit. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for sports, W.G. has become a go-to source for fans and readers looking for the latest news and analysis on the Detroit sports scene. He has a good reputation in the sports community and is respected for his unbiased coverage of sports events. W.G. is known for his ability to uncover hidden stories and provide unique perspectives on the teams and athletes he covers. He has a good understanding of the city of Detroit and its sports culture, which he uses to inform his reporting and analysis. He continues to be a respected journalist in the Detroit sports industry.

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