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Detroit Tigers Betting – Tigers Hope Fielder Can Make The Difference In Championship Pursuit

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 3/30/2012 2:32:11 PM
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When the Detroit Tigers first lost designated hitter Victor Martinez to a season-ending injury this past offseason, it seemed very unlikely that their sports betting odds as World Series contenders would actually improve by the time that Opening Day 2012 arrived. However, after shocking the baseball world with the free agent signing of Michigan-native Prince Fielder the Tigers shot up the list of American League contenders, and are now listed at 15/2 odds. Whether or not Detroit will live up to those heavy expectations is another story altogether, but from what we know so far, there is every reason to think that the Tigers will have an excellent chance at representing the AL in this year’s World Series.

While the addition of Fielder to many of the teams that were supposedly interested in his services wouldn’t have automatically elevated them to the sportsbook list of World Series contenders, the circumstances under which Detroit added Fielder are unique in that they already had many of the pieces required to make a run, something that ownership undoubtedly considered before landing him. The Tigers already have enough offensive talent aside from Martinez in Miguel Cabrera, Delmon Young, and Alex Avila, and with Fielder slotted right in to Martinez’s No. 4 spot in the lineup, the team won’t miss a beat.

The question for Detroit at this point is whether or not they have the arms to beat out the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, and potentially the Boston Red Sox in the AL. Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander became the first pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1992 to win an AL MVP last year, by capturing the pitching Triple Crown with 24 wins, a 2.40 ERA, and 250 strikeouts. The fact that the 28-year old was able to lead the majors in all three of those categories made him a unanimous Cy Young award winner, and in the prime of his career he will once again anchor the club’s rotation this season. The Tigers added Otavio Dotel to shore up its bullpen, but there are question marks about the overall strength of the club’s rotation beyond Verlander. The club still has high hopes for both Doug Fister and Max Scherzer, but with Rick Porcello and Andrew Oliver slotted in to round out the top-five, they could run in to trouble if they aren’t able to pick up at least one more arm.

Based on the numbers, Detroit should be able to win around 95 games in an AL Central division that is lacking talent, but how well they fare beyond that only time will tell. The Tigers have one of the top hitting tandems in the majors with Cabrera and Fielder, and arguably the most talented pitcher in the game in Verlander, but they still have enough holes in the rest of the rotation and the bullpen to run in to trouble against sports bet contenders like the Yankees and Angels once the postseason begins, unless they are able to address those issues during the regular season.

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