Originally Posted by PalehosePlanet
That's not a good way to measure the importance of IF defense. Who's to say they wouldn't have won 98 games w/a good IF defense? And bad D shows up a lot more than just unearned runs allowed. Had they lost the division to us, their terrible D would have been the reason why.
I'm not sure if that's true or not, as our offense was better than there's for most of the season, despite the huge seasons Cabrera and Prince had. IF defense just doesn't really matter that much, especially when 1/2 of your IF can't hit for ****.
And the amount of holes is definitely not equal. If Viciedo doesn't grow, Konerko can't find the fountain of youth, and De Aza's 1 decent season at age 30 turns out to be a fluke, upwards to 2/3 of our lineup can't hit. Our pitching staff has a nice 1-2 punch with Sale and Peavy, though, probably not as good as Detroit's and after that, the rotation is kind of a mess with an injured Danks, inconsistent Floyd, and then god knows who, and the bullpen has some problems, starting with a closer with an ERA close to 5.
At this point, it looks like we're going to need the Tigers to just be terrible for 90% of the season again and pray to god that 85 wins will be enough.