Tigers Need Some Luck in 2013

There are some big questions heading into 2013 for the Tigers and I think they might need a little luck to get over that last hump and become a World Champion.  The return of Victor Martinez will be a great help to the Tigers in 2013, the 34-year-old former catcher will be coming back from an ACL injury that kept him off the field for the entire 2012 season. Martinez is a career .303 hitter that won’t blow your mind with his power but will get on base at an incredible rate. To many he is the protection that Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder need to give them decent pitches to hit, and if not Victor can make them pay for it. This is where some of that luck comes in; he’s a 34-year-old that used to be an everyday catcher in the big leagues, so his body isn’t really 34 years old. They will need some luck to keep him healthy for the whole year, even if he is just the DH. Martinez is a great hitter that will do wonderful things for that lineup if he stays healthy; it’s just a matter of keeping him on the field and off the trainer’s table.



The second issue that the Tigers will be facing in 2013 is the left field position. The Tigers made the move to get Torii Hunter to play right field next to their up and coming speedy center fielder Austin Jackson, but the left field spot is for sure the biggest question mark in the outfield.

Andy Dirks played very well last year hitting .322 in over 300 at-bats. Although he hit very well and has some decent speed in the outfield experts seem to think that he’s at best a platoon player. I’m by no means an expert but I disagree, I think that he should be the everyday left fielder this season based on what he showed last year. He can play the field and adds some pretty good speed, not much will be falling out there between Dirks, Jackson, and Hunter. Most seem to think he should be out there only against right handed pitchers but I say give him a chance. The only way he’s going to hit lefties better is if he gets some at-bats against them, and the way that the lineup is set in Detroit I think they can afford to get him some swings against lefties. With all that being said it’s going to take some luck on Detroit’s part to get him to produce like he did last year.

Lastly the Tigers had MAJOR closer issues last year with Papa Grande (Jose Valverde) losing his mid out there on the mound. Now so far this offseason Detroit has seemed to be okay with heading into the year with a rookie closer named Bruce Rondon who is supposed to be a future beast. In eight games at Triple-A Toledo last year he had a record of 1-0 with two saves, he also posted an ERA of 2.25 as a Mud Hen. He seems to have a lot of potential and he has the support of his organization so I look forward to see what kind of stuff he has, but even with all the hype surrounding him I feel like the Tigers are going to be lucky if he produces at a high level all year.

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