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Tiger Predictions Take 2

Well, since the season is now officially one game (and one inning as of this typing), I thought I would look back at my entries and see where we stand with my predictions.

After looking back, I quickly realize why I'm not a baseball columnist, and just a blogger.  To steal a line from the movie Dumb and Dumber: I was way off!

I still have the standing bet with dipshit that Inge will not hit .260 with 15 homers (and I still would not mind loosing that bet).  Also, me and dipshit bet that Ramon Santiago will be your starting shortstop by 6/15.  Since Everett has already been hurt...in spring training...I still ike my chances on this one.

I never did get to the position player predictions, and honestly wouldn't have said anything ground breaking had I posted a blog about them.  I would have repeated my Ramon Santiago thing above, said Cabrera would have a major year (going out on a limb I know), and the defense would be much improved.  I also would have said that Granderson and Polonco will be their usual selfs (again another limb), Guillen would be fine in left, and Ordonez is a very underated right fielder.  Is he outstanding defensively? No, but he is very servicable, and not a horrible defender like some would suggest.

Well Guillen already looks destined to play DH (as he was "rested" the first game of the season)...and I would have never predicted Sheffield would be released, good riddance by the way.

Ordonez has got to start hitting for power again, and not singles like he was doing the last 10 weeks of 2008.  His .320 average does the Tigers much less good if he is hitting singles.

We will have to see how it goes.

But lets look at my pitching predictions:

I said Verlander will return to form, this we can not comment on.  He looked like total dog piss in the opener, but lets not panic just yet (although I'm concerned), will have to wait a few starts to see where he is at.

I said I have no idea what Bonderman will do.  Still don't as he started the year on the DL.

Galaraga is still wait and see, as well as Edwin Jackson who just had a 1-2-3 1st.

Ahhhh, the fith starter.  I said it would be Dontrell Willis, and that he would bounce back.  Unless you consider being on the disabled list with "anixety disorder" bouncing back, you could once again insert the line from Dumb and Dumber here.

Let me now say that Willis is done, and I actually made my self write 1000 sentences that said "I will not make boneheaded predictions about 5th starters again" as punishment.

I also wrote that the tigers can't bring Porcello north.  Willis, Robertson, Miner, and the Bonderman injury left the Tigers with no choice, it had to be him.  Look for Miner and Porcello to battle it out until Bonderman is healthy, if Porcello is the guy, they will move Miner to the pen.  If Miner is the guy, they will send Porcello to Erie.  If Bonderman's shoulder suddenly explodes, things will stay as is.

No matter what, Porcello will be closely watched to keep pitch counts and innings down.

When it comes to the bullpen, I was still way off, but not as bad as I was with the starters...which isn't saying much.

Robertson is in the pen, so my prediction that he will become a late inning guy could still hold true.

Lyon has been horrible, so my comment of not liking the signing still stands.

I said Bobby Seay will be your lefthanded specialist, and he had a good spring, so this one is on track.

My suprise was that Zumaya will be unhittable and your closer...oops is an understatement!  He is on the DL as well, and now I wonder if he will ever be able to pitch again.  He may be another Matt Anderson, or Mark Fidrich.

I said Juan Rincon will be the 8th inning guy, and this looks good as his spring ERA was 0.00 (although he looked only slightly better than dog piss in the 8th last night).  I'm surprised that he hasn't been talked about as the closer, he has looked good this spring! 

Rodney as a closer still keeps me up at night.  Seriousely I've been having nightmares that I'm being attacked by a crooked hat.

So that is it going into the season.  I really don't think you can say this team will be bad this year, I also don't think you can say they will be good, too many questions, and what if's. 

I guess the good news is that the core of this team from 2007 that did ok, and that many thought would win it all last year is still in tact.  The defense will be better, which will help out the pitchers.  The offense will still be there, and should put up plenty of runs.

The bad news is the pitching has way to many what if's, and needs a lot of them to turn into sure things for this to be a good year.

Lets hope Verlander can bounce back, Galaraga wasn't a one hit wonder, Jackson can improve and live up to his "stuff" Bonderman can come back, Porcello can handle the pressure and work load of a MLB season, and that the bullpen can shut the door.

Yep, a lot of what if's, and I don't feel good about very many of them, and don't expect much this year.

Here's to hoping I'm wrong, and 2009 turns into 2006.

Thanks for Stopping By - Dan

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