MTUCache wrote:OneLoveBoomer wrote:TheA'sFatLeadoffMan wrote:1. Curtis Granderson
2. Edgar Renteria
3. Magglio Ordonez
4. Miguel Cabrera
5. Gary Sheffield
6. Carlos Guillen
7. Placido Polanco
8. Ivan Rodriguez
9. Marcus Thames
Maybe Edgar and Polanco switch spots, I dunno.
The short answer would be RIDONKULOUS!
No wonder I couldn't wrap my head around it, yikes. Talk about a well balanced team.
And DET would have what for a starting rotation?
Verlander, Bonderman, Robertson, DTrain, KRogers? (no particular order) Rogers is still on DET right?
Not exactly the right batting order... but close.
1.) Granderson (not a lock, could bat ninth...)
2.) Polanco (one of the bets two-hole hitters in the game, and Leyland loves him)
5.) Ordonez (these middle three are really hard to call, could be the exact opposite actually)
8.) Pudge Rodriguez
9.) Jacque Jones (with Thames getting the lefty-starts in LF)
Rotation is going to be:
Verlander, Bonderman, Willis, Rogers (yes, he signed a one year deal), and Nate Robertson.
Re-god-damn-diculous.... I honestly don't care if we are renting our lineup for a run in the next couple of years. Giving up Miller and Maybin hurts our prospects, a lot. But this is just too huge to pass up, even if it is just for a year or two.
that's my take on the lineup as well...but dont forget, Leyland likes to mix things up and give his guys some rest, so i wouldnt be surprised to see Inge in there 3 or 4 games a week at various positions to give guys a rest, so i'm sure we'll see Miggy in LF some games, Guillen at SS, etc
as for Inge...i dont think he has any choice to become a super-sub (unless they deal him). he's great defensively but sucks at the plate...sure he has some pop but as someone who watches a lot of Tigers games, if you need a Sac fly or clutch single, forget it. assuming Vance Wilson comes into the Spring healthy i doubt Inge becomes the backup catcher
Willis...i agree, he's average at best, but dude can at least give you a lot of solid innings, something the Tigers had issues with last year with their flavor-of-the-week 5th starter. even with a 5.00 ERA if he can go 7 innings every start and keep the bullpen fresh i'll take it
the drop in 3B D from Miggy to Inge hurts, but i think the 100 points Miggy could outhit him by is worth it
for those who suggested Guillen at 3rd...i doubt it, he was always bouncing balls in the dirt from SS, i'm not sure he can even make the throw from 3rd.
it hurts to give up Maybin and Miller, but i think the Tigers time to win is now, not 5 years from now so i can see why they made the deal. Tigers owner Mike Illitch is getting up there as well, so i'm guessing he wants to see a title soon
only thing that concerns me about Detroit is their health
Sheff is coming of shoulder surgery, Guillen always seems to miss games, Rogers is a huge ?, Zumaya needs to come back healthy...and then you have Bonderman, but that's another story
bottom line: they put themselves into an excellent position to contend for a WS this year, even if they did give up some excellent prospects.