01-24-2012, 10:50 PM #1
Article: Fielder Hardly Seals Division
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01-25-2012, 12:22 PM #2
I think reason #2 and #3 are very valid. Reason #4 is, m'eh, OK (stuff does happen but also teams who make giant strides forward tend to have some plexiglass effect the following year as performance levels out). However, I just am not sold on reason #1. V-Mart being out doesn't necessarily mean that the Tigers didn't improve, Prince is still an offensive upgrade over Martinez.
01-25-2012, 01:03 PM #3
01-25-2012, 01:18 PM #4
I think for tomorrow, I might do a quick and dirty analysis of how much better Fielder can expect to be over VMart, especially given the defensive manipulations the Tigers are threatening.
And as for #4, I'll say this: the Tigers have essentially adopted a "stars & scrubs" approach, and if a couple of those stars go down DURING the season, their depth is pretty questionable. For instance, if Verlander isn't able to throw 250 innings this year, that rotation could get thin in a hurry.