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Questions about the Tigers

February 1, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Bill Madden of the New York Daily News has some doubts about the Detroit Tigers even with a power-packed lineup and top-notch pitching.

“Before we anoint the Tigers as the American League’s representative in the 2012 World Series, there are matters to consider,” Madden wrote. “With equally girthy and immobile Miguel Cabrera slated to move to third base (where he hasn’t played since 2007) to make room for Prince Fielder (whose 15 errors were the most of any first baseman in baseball last year) the Tiger infield — which also includes range-challenged Jhonny Peralta at short — has the potential to be one of the most porous in the history of baseball, offsetting the Tigers’ biggest strength, their pitching.

Then there’s the matter of the leadoff spot where Austin Jackson struck out 181 times last year, dropped 44 points off his batting average from the year before and had an on-base percentage of just .317.

You could make the case that, even with the Victor Martinez injury, a leadoff hitter was a bigger need for the Tigers, who still lack an adequate table-setter for their two middle-of-the-order thumpers.



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