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The Exciting Detroit Tigers Reboot Begins in 2021

No one was expecting too much from the Detroit Tigers in 2020. So why not say, “What’s the worst that could happen? We lose 100 games!?”

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The Exciting Detroit Tigers Reboot Begins in 2021

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No one was expecting too much from the Detroit Tigers in 2020. After the 2019 season, which was the second-worst in franchise history, the Tigers made lemonade out of the lemons handed to them. Why not allow your farm system’s crown jewels sometime in the summer sun with absolutely zero pressure?

Let the kids play. What’s the worst that could happen? It’s not like we’re gonna lose 100 games.

The Detroit Tigers

2020: Record: 23 – 35

2020 Finish: 5th in the AL Central, 14th in the American League

Surprises in 2020

After the turbulence of the last few seasons, the Tigers needed a reset, and 2020 was just what the doctor ordered. Jeimer Candelario used last season to cement himself as the centerpiece of the Tigers’ future. The 26-year-old had his best season at the plate, especially in August when he hit .356 with an OPS of 1.012. Candelario is the big bat in this lineup, and will be for the next few years, but the former offensive powerhouse at Comerica Park wasn’t about to relinquish his throne just yet.

Miguel Cabrera had a great season and was the perfect pairing with Candelario in the Tigers lineup. Miggy’s bat has been here-and-there for the last few seasons, and his power has diminished some, but 2020 saw that boom return to his lumber. In 57 games, Cabrera was able to match his home run total from 2019. Going further, Miggy also surpassed his slugging percentage from the previous season.

With at least three more seasons before he hangs them up, it’s good to see Miggy still fighting.

Disappointments in 2020

There really isn’t anything to be disappointed about in 2020 if you’re a Tigers fan. But if I have to pick something… The debut seasons of Tarik Skubal and Casey Mize left something to be desired.

Now that’s not a bad thing, quite the opposite. The ascension of the Tigers young prospects to their rotation has been long-awaited. With that kind of pressure, the one that comes from being dubbed the saviors of the franchise, it’s best to remove the strain and anguish from one’s MLB debut.

However, it’s a bit worrying that boy Skubal and Mize had such rough entrances into the league. If the Tigers want to ensure that their young arms can mature in the Majors, they need better infrastructure in the clubhouse. If these prospects falter in their transition to the Big Leagues, that’s a big problem.

Thankfully, after Ron Gardenhire’s retirement, the Tigers got rid of pitching Coach Rick Anderson and hired Chris Fetter under AJ.J. Hinch’s management. Let’s hope this change has an immediate effect, especially with Matt Manning, Franklin Perez, Alex Faedo, and Joey Wentz waiting in the wings.

Looking Ahead to 2021

There’s a lot to be excited about next season for Detroit. Remember 2016 when Michael Fullmer burst onto the scene? How he won AL Rookie of the Year, and was a big part of the Cy Young conversation? Imagine that, but it’s happening across the rotation over the next few years. That’s the potential for this rotation. That’s the ceiling for this Tigers team in 2021.

Anything in between that and a finish like 2020s should be welcomed with open arms. Things are beginning to heat up in Detroit.

Projected 2021 Finish: 5th in the AL Central, 72-90

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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