Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
For the second year in a row, I nailed the Tigers record and division finish on the nose, predicting a .500 record, good for third place, so it's hard to not be pleased with what I predicted and how things played out. Operating under the guise that our encouraging signs were countered by an equal number of question marks, I assumed that would lead us right to a .500 season, which is exactly how things played out. I expressed excitement and concern about playing two rookies; one performed well (Austin Jackson), one did not (Scott Sizemore). Was concerned about the health of a number of our older players - and the injuries to Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez likely took the Tigers legs out from under them. I was encouraged by the top of the rotation, and Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer came through, but expressed equal concern about the bottom, and the production there was shaky all year long. The one surprise that I didn't account for was the emergence (and following disappearance) of Brennan Boesch, so I guess I'll have to fine tune my prognostication skills for when 2011 approaches. All in all though, for a transition year (which everyone knew but few came out and said) the year played out about as well as one could have hoped.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
I'm actually pretty comfortable with what I predicted heading into the season. The unforeseen injury to Magglio Ordonez, and the significant struggles early on from Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, would have been hard to predict entering the season. Working under the guise that those three players would be integral parts to the 2010 season, it's not unreasonable to have expected the Tigers to finish at 86-76 (as I predicted) instead of the 81-81 they actually finished. There were additional surprises along the way, including a massive first half from Brennan Boesch, and a massively disappointing start to the season from Scott Sizemore, but all-in-all, the Tigers spent the first half in the thick of the race, then fell out as some key injuries hit the team; leaving their star slugger, Miguel Cabrera, completely unprotected and without help. The Tigers were a competitive club for much of the year, and with health, still likely would not have caught the Twins, but may have fulfilled my prediction that they finish in second place.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think I was fairly close in assessing the Tigers. The back of the rotation proved to be a major sorespot, but the bullpen did a good job for the most part. I don't know if anyone expected Austin Jackson to have the rookie campaign he had, and the Tigers got solid production from Magglio Ordonez, but when he and Carlos Guillen went down with injuries on the same day right after Brandon Inge got hurt, the Tigers' season was sunk. The division race looked like it was going to be a three-team affair to the end, but when the Twins caught fire in the second half, they wound up winning the division rather handily despite the White Sox winning 88 games. Overall, the Tigers showed at times that they had the potential to be a contender, as their standing in mid-July showed, but the back of the rotation and lack of offense (especially after the injuries to Ordonez and Guillen) proved to be critical in the Tigers finishing in third place.
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