Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
The Tigers offense has the potential to be one of the organization's best ever, they have a team built to win now, and an impressive core nucleus to work from. But there are still lingering concerns, especially those surrounding the bullpen and whether or not the unit can hold onto leads in close games. If the bullpen can hold up for the most part, and the club stays relatively healthy, there's no reason this team can't win upwards of 95 games. With that said, a stumble in either area and the Tigers could fall back into the 80's. With that said, I see the Tigers going 95-67.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
So many factors get rolled into trying to come up with a projected record, that it might be one of the spring's toughest tasks. Despite yesterday's struggles with runners on, this offense is going to score runs. There is too much pure talent in that lineup for opposing teams to be able to routinely keep guys from crossing home plate. The rotation has excellent potential, but potential doesn't always win games. You have to have quality starts that go deep in games. There are a lot of questions with the bullpen, but there are also a litany of options in case failures occur. This team has the makings of a great club, it also has the makings of a team that could disappoint if things don't click; particularly late in games. Given the mix of raw talent and uncertainty surrounding the roster, I'm picking something in the middle ground. The Tigers will go 93-69 in 2008.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I'll predict that the Tigers will finish with a 94-68 record. Considering they won 88 games last year with all of the injuries, and bullpen woes, I think they'll win a few more this games this year. The offense should be one of the best, if not the best in the game, and they should be able to win their share of slugfests. The question obviously lies with the pitching. After Justin Verlander, the other four starters all have question marks, and the bullpen has had plenty of documentation throughout the offseason and spring training. If the pitching returns to form, the Tigers not only have a good shot at winning the Central, they could be playing in their second World Series in three years. Can the Tigers win it all? Absolutely, but the performance of the pitching staff will have a huge say in whether or not the Tigers can get to October.
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