2020 Detroit Tigers Predictions and Odds to Win the World Series
There is some great news for the Detroit Tigers heading into the 2020 MLB season. First, they aren’t expected to be the worst team in baseball! No matter what, the 2020 Tigers won’t come close to matching the 2019 Tigers loss total.
That may seem like a small deal. But after a jaw dropping 47-114 season last year in which they were outscored by 333 runs, anything even remotely positive has to be hailed as great news for this flagging franchise.
Baltimore’s Las Vegas season win total heading into this season was 57.5 games. Detroit’s was 59.5, meaning the books have Baltimore as the worst team in the league. Also, because if there is any Major League season, it will surely be a condensed one, meaning matching 114 losses from last year will likely be a mathematical impossibility.
That’s it, though. That’s the only good news for the Tigers. After threatening to lose 100 games in 2018 (64-98) and 2017 (64-98), the levy broke last season, and they posted one of the worst years in franchise history. Thus begins a new tank-and-rebuild job for Detroit that they are hoping will pay off the same way that the early 00’s developed into four ALCS appearances (and two wins) from 2006-2014.
Detroit Tigers 2020 Projected Lineup (updated expert MLB picks daily)
1. Cameron Maybin – OF
2. Niko Goodrum – SS
3. Miguel Cabrera – DH
4. C.J. Cron – 1B
5. Jonathan Schoop – 2B
6. Jeimer Candelario – 3B
7. Christin Stewart – OF
8. Austin Romine – C
9. Victor Reyes – OF
The Tigers were last in the league in on-base percentage last season, with batters reaching base just 29.4 percent of the time. They were also the worst team in the American League in OPS and home runs. And to put their home run futility into perspective, they had less than half the number of dingers (149) as division rival Minnesota (307).
Miguel Cabrera is the shell of his former self, and it has been hard to watch. He turned 37 on April 18. And the real tragedy for the Tigers is that they will be paying Cabrera at least $30 million per year for the next six seasons. That will carry Cabrera into his age-42 season.
Detroit was able to poach a couple low-level starters from Minnesota, grabbing C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop. That will improve this lot, but it won’t be enough to keep them competitive.
Detroit’s real hope is that either 26-year-olds Christin Stewart or Jeimer Candelario can break out this season. Stewart hit .233 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI last year as a rookie and Candelario went .203/8/32 in 94 games. The Tigers desperately need a homegrown young talent to develop and give the Tigers some optimism.
Detroit Tigers 2020 Projected Rotation And Closer
1. Matt Boyd (L)
2. Jordan Zimmermann (R)
3. Ivan Nova (R)
4. Daniel Norris (L)
5. Spencer Turnbull (R)
6. Michael Fulmer (R)
Closer: Joe Jimenez (R)
If this looks like a Triple-A caliber rotation, that’s because it is. Boyd (4.56) and Norris (4.61) both had ERAs creeping up toward 5.00 last season. They are the definition of mediocre lefties.
Then there is Jordan Zimmerman, who was, quite literally, the worst pitcher in baseball last year. He posted a 1-13 record and a 6.91 ERA. And over the last three seasons, he is 16-34 with a 5.81 ERA. He is not an MLB-caliber starter and looks to be washed up at 34 years old. Fortunately, this is the last season in Zimmerman’s disastrous five-year, $110 million contract.
Detroit’s rotation could get a big boost if Michael Fulmer comes back healthy and effective. Fulmer missed all of 2019 and is working back from Tommy John surgery. He should be back in the fold by late July, and his development could be one of the silver linings of this season.
Detroit’s bullpen is a mess. And because their starters are so terrible, the relievers will be called on early and often this year. That’s not at all a good thing.
Detroit Tigers Odds To Win The World Series
The Tigers are 750-to-1 to win the World Series this year and 350-to-1 to win the American League. Detroit is also set at 150-to-1 to win the American League Central. None of those things are going to happen, so save your money.
Detroit Tigers 2020 Predictions
I am basing all of my predictions on my belief in an 81-game season that starts in early July. I have absolutely no inside information about MLB’s plans for the 2020 season. However, for the sake of discussion, 81 games are what I have in mind while writing these previews.
The Tigers are another team that, at least on the diamond, are going to benefit from the shortened season. This was going to be another dreadful year for the Tigers. But now at least they get to sort of fast-forward their way through it. And rather than losing another 110 games, they get an abbreviated flogging.
There is no telling how this version of Detroit’s rebuild will go. The Tigers have undergone plenty of turnover at the top, with ownership changing hands after the passing of owner Mike Ilitch in 2017. From 1994-2003, the Tigers were one of the worst organizations in baseball and couldn’t get the rebuilding off the ground. But then from 2004-2014, they were able to successfully build up the franchise and become one of the top teams in the American League.
It is too early to tell how long the Tigers are going to be terrible. But the fact of the matter is that they are easily one of the two worst teams in the Majors, and things are going to be pretty bleak in the short term.
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