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The Tigers had a great run last season before ultimately falling in the ALCS thanks to some Red Sox heroics. It’s easy to forget how close they were to being up 2-0 in the series going home with Verlander on the mound, but Big Papi intervened and a leaky bullpen ultimately erased what was a great season for Detroit.
The Tigers didn’t stand pat this offseason instead overhauling their lineup, changing their manager, trading away their cleanup hitter, and trying to become much swifter and more athletic across the board. Their rotation was far from a problem last season finishing second in the Majors in starting pitcher wins, fourth in ERA, first in innings pitched, and eighth in opponents batting average.
In the rotation this offseason, the Tigers moved Doug Fister in a trade to the Nationals apparently to free up money to ink Max Scherzer to a long-term deal. A deal which ultimately didn’t happen and now appears to not be in the works as the season starts. With Fister out of the picture, Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly are now squarely in the Tigers rotation and Detroit’s depth could be tested by any injury.
Even with a curious offseason plan, the Tigers appear primed for another good season and offer some great fantasy starting pitching options. In each of the following slides, we’ll take a look at a projected starter for the Tigers, their numbers from last season, and what to expect for this season.