Originally Posted by blandman
Everyone also forgets Victor Martinez and Tori Hunter are replacing black holes of production in that Tiger lineup (and in Hunter's case, becoming a much better corner OF defender). That lineup and that pitching staff....jeez. It would be a MAJOR disappointment if they didn't win 105 games. It's not a stretch they could break the all time record for victories in the regular season. The only "hole" is that they've got a phenom flame throwing youngster primed to be their closer. And to be perfectly honest, there isn't a reliever on our roster I wouldn't trade straight up for him.
If we're a contender, its for the wild card only. Unless we seriously address our lineup issues. Like by signing Michael Bourne, for starters.
Aside from Verlander, their staff isn't all that special, and their bullpen is a joke. They don't even have a closer as of yet. Even if this hard-throwing youngster (which is the type of pitcher the Sox normally feast on) pans out, they still don't have anyone to get the ball to him. Let's see what happens before you crown the Tigers as the successors to the '27 Yankees.