The Tigers starting pitching has been a pleasant suprise so far. I expected Bonderman to improve on last season and he is off to a great start. 3.47 ERA. All-Star this season? Hmm. 20 win season? Hmm. Thinking >17 wins.
Maroth is doing much better than I thought he could. I looked at him as a .500 pitcher but no better. If he can keep it up he'll win >14 games. 3.83 ERA.
Robertson has been an enigma. He has great stuff, but lacks the mental edge to be dominant. Having Kluck as pitching coach, while helping Maroth, hurts Nate. IMO. He needs to try and be a power pitcher and go after hitters instead of the nibbling change-up type the Kluck wants all the Tiges to be. Still plenty of time for him to turn it around. 3.25 ERA. He'll win much more with that ERA. >15 wins.
Johnson is either hit or miss and seems to be hitting a lot more than missing lately. Again, I think that Kluck's influence is a negative. Johnson has good enough stuff to go after hitters and struggles when he tries to nibble. When he is on he's great, but sucks totally when he is off. As his 4.25 ERA will attest. His fade late last season worries me and I see a repeat of those troubles keeping him from winning more than 12 times.
I know I sound like a broken record but Wil Ledezma has much better stuff than Kluck alows him to use. He needs to go after hitters with his best two pitches and not worry about trying to fool them so much. He has great movement on all of his pitches and should be concerning himself more with locating his fastball than learning to throw a change up. 6.59 ERA is just wrong for the talent he has. May need more seasoning. 8 wins maybe all we can get from Wil.
The bullpen is too inconsistant to rely on. Ugie's is Ugie which makes him better than the Percival we've seen so far. Farnsworth has the best stuff on the staff but is a flake, so will have rough outings. German is doomed, IMO. Kluck has him easing off of his fastball to locate it instead of learning to fix his mechanics so he can locate his 98+MPH stuff. I disagree about Walker. I don't trust him but he isn't the worst MRer. Ginter is an unknown and I wonder if he would take Ledezma's spot in the rotation if he can't get it together.
I'd rate their pitching at a B- so far.