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I'm keeping my expectations for Castellanos tempered. Expect him to hit in the 7 hole, but if he translates quickly slide him up.

A Jacks not batting leadoff makes sense though. Batting him 6th or 7th makes a ton of sense.

I think Castellanos is the wild card for the tigers, if the kid can play at the big level like he did in the minor's he be money

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The Tigers are less talented than last years team. But I do think they will win at least as many games. I think V-Mart will be more productive than Prince hitting behind Cabrarra. The defence will be significantly better. I think the coaching will be better and the bullpen will be more stable. The Tigers blew way too many games especially early in the season when the bullpen was in complete shambles. The tigers will gernerate more runs with base running and hit into fewer double plays. Batting Average, Home Runs and Runs scored will decline. Porcello will have his best year. Max will decline from last years numbers, but will still be one of the leagues best. Verlander will have a much better year. Smyly will be as good a Fister. Sanchez will have a better year.

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The Tigers are less talented than last years team. But I do think they will win at least as many games. I think V-Mart will be more productive than Prince hitting behind Cabrarra. The defence will be significantly better. I think the coaching will be better and the bullpen will be more stable. The Tigers blew way too many games especially early in the season when the bullpen was in complete shambles. The tigers will gernerate more runs with base running and hit into fewer double plays. Batting Average, Home Runs and Runs scored will decline. Porcello will have his best year. Max will decline from last years numbers, but will still be one of the leagues best. Verlander will have a much better year. Smyly will be as good a Fister. Sanchez will have a better year.

how exactly will the bullpen be more stable? Smyly wont be in it to help get to the 9th, sure the 9th might be better with Nathan

but who exactly is setting up now?

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The Tigers are less talented than last years team. But I do think they will win at least as many games. I think V-Mart will be more productive than Prince hitting behind Cabrarra. The defence will be significantly better. I think the coaching will be better and the bullpen will be more stable. The Tigers blew way too many games especially early in the season when the bullpen was in complete shambles. The tigers will gernerate more runs with base running and hit into fewer double plays. Batting Average, Home Runs and Runs scored will decline. Porcello will have his best year. Max will decline from last years numbers, but will still be one of the leagues best. Verlander will have a much better year. Smyly will be as good a Fister. Sanchez will have a better year.

how exactly will the bullpen be more stable? Smyly wont be in it to help get to the 9th, sure the 9th might be better with Nathan

but who exactly is setting up now?

Most of last year, we did not even have the closer established. I am not sure it will be better, but the roles will be established much earlier. The first half of last year, the bullpen was an absolute mess.

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The Tigers are less talented than last years team. But I do think they will win at least as many games. I think V-Mart will be more productive than Prince hitting behind Cabrarra. The defence will be significantly better. I think the coaching will be better and the bullpen will be more stable. The Tigers blew way too many games especially early in the season when the bullpen was in complete shambles. The tigers will gernerate more runs with base running and hit into fewer double plays. Batting Average, Home Runs and Runs scored will decline. Porcello will have his best year. Max will decline from last years numbers, but will still be one of the leagues best. Verlander will have a much better year. Smyly will be as good a Fister. Sanchez will have a better year.

how exactly will the bullpen be more stable? Smyly wont be in it to help get to the 9th, sure the 9th might be better with Nathan

but who exactly is setting up now?

I thought Krol was figured to be in the Smyly set-up slot.

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I surprised that the tigers didn't make an offer to J. Crain, Houston signed him to a one year deal, amount unknown. He would of been a nice additional to the tiger bullpen

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It seems like the Tigers are more focused on signing Max to a long term deal than Miggy.

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It seems like the Tigers are more focused on signing Max to a long term deal than Miggy.

Max is up first, right? Miggy has 2 years left.

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Didn't Ausmus already say Miggy would be hitting 3rd?

I think it's gonna be:

Kinsler

Hunter

Miggy

VMart

Avila

AJAX

Castellanos

Dirks/Davis

Iglesias

I think by midseason you'd want Castellanos hitting 5th fulltime, then swap Jackson and Avila as appropriate. I really think Jackson will benefit not hitting lead-off and we're gonna see more power from him. I think the biggest if in that lineup is Castellanos, if he can't hit then you have painted yourself in a corner with this lineup. Avila can hit 5th because he has a great eye, but we know AJAX can't and Castellanos we just can't be sure. I really think it's important he starts the season hitting well, we are really leaning on him.

One thing I do think this does is leave the door open for some July trades. You can always scoop up relievers, and maybe a vet to play 3B or 2B and you shift Kinlser to 3B. I think they'll have 14 position players, and 11 pitchers because they'll have to keep Perez because they don't have a backup SS. Avila, Holday, Cabrera, Lombardozzi, Perez, Iglesias, Kinsler, Castellanos, Dirks, Davis, AJAX, Hunter, Kelly, VMART

Bullpen would be Nathan, Rondon, Al Al, Joba, Krol and then Coke, Alvarez, Putkonen, Reed or Ortega among others for the last spot.

If Avilia is batting 5th they are in trouble, I cant count how many times last year Avillia would take the first pitch. (fastball down the middle) Get behind in the count and chase garbage. I would try Iglesias hitting second especially if Kinsler plans on stealing more. Hunter 3rd. Miggy 4th V-Mart 5th.

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Didn't Ausmus already say Miggy would be hitting 3rd?

I think it's gonna be:

Kinsler

Hunter

Miggy

VMart

Avila

AJAX

Castellanos

Dirks/Davis

Iglesias

I think by midseason you'd want Castellanos hitting 5th fulltime, then swap Jackson and Avila as appropriate. I really think Jackson will benefit not hitting lead-off and we're gonna see more power from him. I think the biggest if in that lineup is Castellanos, if he can't hit then you have painted yourself in a corner with this lineup. Avila can hit 5th because he has a great eye, but we know AJAX can't and Castellanos we just can't be sure. I really think it's important he starts the season hitting well, we are really leaning on him.

One thing I do think this does is leave the door open for some July trades. You can always scoop up relievers, and maybe a vet to play 3B or 2B and you shift Kinlser to 3B. I think they'll have 14 position players, and 11 pitchers because they'll have to keep Perez because they don't have a backup SS. Avila, Holday, Cabrera, Lombardozzi, Perez, Iglesias, Kinsler, Castellanos, Dirks, Davis, AJAX, Hunter, Kelly, VMART

Bullpen would be Nathan, Rondon, Al Al, Joba, Krol and then Coke, Alvarez, Putkonen, Reed or Ortega among others for the last spot.

If Avilia is batting 5th they are in trouble, I cant count how many times last year Avillia would take the first pitch. (fastball down the middle) Get behind in the count and chase garbage. I would try Iglesias hitting second especially if Kinsler plans on stealing more. Hunter 3rd. Miggy 4th V-Mart 5th.

I don't think Iglesias is gonna hit more than .250, I actually would be happy if he hit .250. Seems like a #8 or #9 hitter.

Unlike with Leyland this lineup will need to be juggled a lot, we'll see how Ausmus handles it. It makes sense to have your best hitter hitting 3rd, and running in front of MIggy still isn't something you want to do a lot. Castellanos is going to be key and the vets are going to have to step up.

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Iglesias is not a pure .300 hitter. no He had a lot of infield hits. He does make contact though. I think with Omar Vizquel on the payroll Iglesias will be a project of his. I see the Tigers more so playing a more fundementally sound all around game in the upcoming season then in seasons past where Leyland believe in scoring runs by getting hits. Not moving runners over. Not stealing Bases and not bunting. Ausmus is clearly new school. I think the signing of Davis shows that this will be a different kind of lineup.

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