The light is in the tunnel’s end. After the $69 million to Cabrera, Zimmermann, Fielder, and Verlander, Detroit has few obligations. After submitting a payroll in excess of $207 million in 2017, the Tigers dropped all the way to $135 million in 2018 and will likely end up somewhere around $125 million in 2019. The only guaranteed cash after the 2020 season is to Cabrera. That contract is dreadful, but the Tigers will have far more flexibility.
Among the biggest problems for the Tigers going into 2019 is that they don’t have a roster that embodies the present state of Major League Baseball. Comerica Park is a variable, but the Tigers have been 28th in home runs last season, trailing only the Giants and Marlins, who are made to have a pitcher bat at least twice a game.
Only the Orioles Rangers listed fewer strikeouts from the pitching staff. So far as K/9 goes, the Tigers were the A’s and 26th, before these groups. The game is predicated on hitting dingers and hitting tickets. The Tigers were among the worst in baseball at both of those things.
That’s one of many reasons why this reconstruct is moving at a snail’s speed. The Tigers are attempting to utilize the Comerica Park factors to their advantage, by relying upon some pitch-to-contact types that induce a lot of fly balls, but only goes so much better. The Tigers were 38-43 at home, but 26-55 on the road.
All of that said, you’ll find a couple of silver linings. The Tigers were 43-45 against teams that are dropping that are fellow. It was the teams that were .500 or better that wrecked Detroit last year, since the Tigers were just 21-53 against these teams.
Are they the group that picks up any losses Since the branch improves around the Tigers? Will Miguel Cabrera and the accession of a better starting pitching depth’s yield help the Tigers exceed expectations? Let us try to answer these questions.