The Tigers have entered a rebuild and the starting rotation is a big question mark this season. Will it be a strength or weakness of this team and who will make up the rotation after losing long time ace Justin Verlander?
The first person in the rotation must be the ace and boy is the Tigers’ new ace good. Michael Fulmer is entering his third season in the big leagues.
With a 21-19 record and a 3.45 ERA over his first two years, he was the Robin to Justin Verlander’s Batman. Now as the lead, Fulmer will be leaned on heavily and must be the anchor of the rotation.
Matt Boyd should get a spot in the rotation as he showed that he has what it takes a season ago. At the end of last season, he ended on a high note finishing with a 2.95 ERA, his lowest of the season.
Boyd would be a number four or five on a contender, but he has the stuff to be the number two on the Tigers’ staff.
Daniel Norris should be the third starter in the rotation. Though he has battled injuries in his time as a Tigers’ starter, Norris has also shown flashes of being an ace in waiting.
However, as of now he will be a respectable number three behind Boyd and Fulmer.
The next man up will be Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann signed with the Tigers two off seasons ago but he hasn’t been what the team thought he would be.
Through 48 games of his Tigers’ career, he is 17- 20 with an ERA sitting at just under six. The Tigers will look for Zimmermann to bounce back and be half the pitcher he was when he was pitching for the Washington Nationals.
The fifth starter should be new Tiger Mike Fiers. Fiers is coming over from the World Series champs, the Houston Astros.
The Tigers will lean on him to be an innings eater and help give the team one more vet in the rotation.
Six Man Rotation?
The Tigers had a rotation that used to boast four Cy Young winners, however that is no longer the case. The rotation was the strength of the team but could now be the weakness.
So, could the team look to a 6-man rotation with Fulmer and Zimmerman coming off injuries? Who could be this sixth starter you ask? That would be none other than Franklin Perez.
Perez is still only 20, but he was the big return in the Verlander trade in August. He has four pitches that are all plus pitches. His fastball sits at 92-94 mph but can touch 96. He also has a great curve ball that is used as his out pitch.
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