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JC's Counterpoint

April 6, 2016

 

Sports writers, so-called ‘experts’

inexplicably ignore the obvious

 

By JC

Tigers Homer

 

It is completely mind-blowing! Expert after expert predicts a third- or fourth-place finish for the Tigers and another playoff miss, huh?

 

This is a better overall team than the 2014 team everyone had winning the division and many had in the World Series. Exponentially better, other than no Max Scherzer.

 

Kinsler, Upton, Cabrera, Martinez, JD Martinez – as good as any top five in baseball.

 

Defense should be way better than average. Iglesias is great, so is Gose. And our baby boy catcher James Mcann is only going to get better,

 

Jordan Zimmerman may not me Max Scheerzer, but he will give 200-plus innings and 16-18 wins. And Anibal Sanchez will stay healthy, though probably not up to his 2014 All-Star season. If he gives 80 percent of that, though, it’s good enough.

 

It’s really about Justin Verlander. If he is the same pitcher he was in his last 10 starts last season, he will win 18-20 games. I believe it’s going to be better. He wants to be thought the same dominant pitcher from the MVP/Cy Young year from 2013.

 

If he is, and he’s backed by a much better bullpen anchored by a still very young K-Rod (only 31 and hasn’t played on a contender in years!), then this team to me is the scariest in the American League. Will it surprise anyone if they win 90 games?

 

If they can get out of a very difficult April schedule around 500, they will be a serious factor all year. If they are not, then I agree with Keith Gave: Brad Ausmus will get hooked soon, and either Kirk Gibson or someone like Ron Gardenhire will be brought in fast to manage this team.

 

Yeah the Royals are good, but they’re starting pitching is flat out bad. Cleveland Indians starting pitching is OK? If you say so!

 

I know everyone points to owner Mike Ilitch’s declining health as an important factor, and it is. If the Tigers are in the hunt in July, it will be an all-out blitz to fill any gaps to finish the job.

 

The Cabrera window is closing right along with Ilitch’s, so it’s getting close to now or never for the first Tigers championship since 1984.

 

As they get ready to throw out the first pitch to start the season in Miami, I like my 30-1 bet for a Tigers’ World Series. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll get the matchup we should have had in 1984.

 

Anybody in for Tigers-Cubs?

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