Detroit Tigers Starting Lineup 7/4/20 Tigers Lineup

8-9, in AL Central

Unfortunately, for the great Detroit Tigers' franchise, one key reason that the AL Central is often dubbed the worst division baseball is because the Tigers are in it. Detroit is a rebuild in process, but there are a lot of puzzle pieces still missing. Detroit's projected lineup of bats has six hitters estimated to have a batting average below .260. That is going to make it difficult for a team who ran away with the worst run differential to make any type of vast improvement.

The Tigers' pitching staff allowed the second-most average runs per game, but the offense one-upped that honor by averaging fewer runs per game than any of the other 30 MLB clubs. There is very little pop in the middle of the order, and even fewer bats with a proven history of driving runs across the plate. Detroit has a reasonably strong ace at the top of the rotation, but the middle three spots in their rotation are average journey-men hurlers. The Motor City Kitties should win more games in 2020, but probably not too many more.

Tigers Starting Lineup

M. Boyd , (L), SP
1. C. Cron , (R), 1B
2. J. Schoop , (R), 2B
3. J. Candelario , (S), 3B
4. A. Romine , (R), C
5. J. Jones , (R), CF
6. J. Jimenez , (R), CL
7. C. Stewart , (L), LF
8. C. Maybin , (R), RF
9. N. Goodrum , (S), SS
Pos Pitcher
SP Matthew Boyd M. Boyd (L)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Matthew Boyd M. Boyd (L)
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B C.J. Cron C. Cron (R)
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Jonathan Schoop J. Schoop (R)
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Jeimer Candelario J. Candelario (S)
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Austin Romine A. Romine (R)
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF JaCoby Jones J. Jones (R)
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CL Joe Jimenez J. Jimenez (R)
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Christin Stewart C. Stewart (L)
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Cameron Maybin C. Maybin (R)
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Niko Goodrum N. Goodrum (S)
9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 Detroit Tigers Pitching Analysis

The Tigers had one of the worst rotations in baseball last season, which outside of Cleveland, could be said for many of the AL Central teams. Detroit is going through a full rebuild, and the rotation is going to suffer again this season. To think just a few years ago Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer were leading this rotation, and Rick Porcello was their third option. Things have certainly changed since then. The deal for Jordan Zimmermann a few years ago has been deemed a giant bust, but they don’t have anywhere to go other than him. He finished with a 4.52 ERA last year, and his strikeouts were up a bit which was a positive. It is hard to expect much out of Zimmermann this upcoming season. He is projected for over a 4.50 ERA in the new year, pushing dangerously closing to five. We shouldn’t expect Zimmermann to carry a high strikeout rate, and there really is nobody in this rotation that will. Michael Fulmer had a severe leg injury last season, and over the last few he has been one of the more consistent options for the Tigers. Fulmer stands the best chance to lead the Tigers in ERA this season.

Matt Boyd is likely to headline the rotation, which isn’t a good sign. Boyd is a home run prone lefty who has struggled each season in the majors. The lefty had under a 30% groundball rate, which contributes to his career 1.55 HR/9. Boyd is likely going to struggle with these types of number, with maybe the occasional good outing. The Tigers signed Tyson Ross to fill a void in the rotation, and it is not a bad signing given Ross has struggled at times. He relies heavily on his slider, which has given his arm some trouble in the past, but health seems to be on his side now. Ross is going to struggle a bit, but some fresh blood in the Detroit is worth getting excited for. His swinging strike rate was back up from 2017, although it is still down from his career norm which is in the double-digits. Blaine Hardy and Daniel Norris will be fighting for the last spot in the rotation, or if one is struggling they will place him. Norris has not been the prospect he was advertised to be.