Pitchers and catchers report in a couple of days so unless the Tigers make a trade during spring training, we have a pretty good idea as to who’s going to be on the team. Last week I talked about who I thought was going to be on the team but this time around I want to talk about the Tigers big problem.
While it’s tough for any team to win while suffering a few key injuries I think this is more accentuated with the Tigers then with most teams because they have very little depth at this point. If a starter goes down, the Tigers next best option is probably an untested and still green Andrew Oliver. The Tigers should have a top notch pen, but even an injury to Joel Zumaya (is it bound to happen?) could cause the team to put someone in a situation that their not suited for yet. And outside of maybe outfield with Brennan Boesch and Casper Wells, I can’t think of any other spot where the Tigers wouldn’t take a huge blow except for maybe second base. What’s amusing about second base is, the Tigers don’t even have a bona fide starter right now at the five four spot but they have depth there with Scott Sizemore and Wil Rhymes showing some promise at the big league level.
So while I think the Tigers definitely have a team that compete, staying healthy is going to be huge. The Twins survived without their second best offensive player and for Detroit, I don’t see that happening. So hopefully the troops will take their dings, but they can avoid any long term stays on the disabled list.