|The new one-two punch|
That all being said, the fact that the Tigers are going to absolutely rake next season (which this will) is not going to be the key to their victory. Remember that Prince Fielder found his way in to a Tiger uniform by way Victor Martinez' season ending ACL tear. Prince Fielder's numbers are better overall compared to V-Mart, but not by some phenomenal margin. In terms of just batting average (which I don't care about too much) Martinez wins, .330 to .229. Everything else Fielder wins: home runs, RBIs, OBP, McRibs per nine innings of play. Fielder is going to fucking crush, don't get me wrong, but it'd be a premature assumption to be convinced that he's going to hold some substantial impact as the replacement over an already substantial impact player.
What will benefit Detroit is the fact that they have a good young core of players that I think are only going to get better. Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Doug Fister are being tutored by the best young pitcher in baseball. In suit, Brennan Boesch and Austin Jackson make up key parts of a revitalized outfield. If this weren't enough to build a Tiger fan's ego, the starting infield has three all stars in it with Jhonny Peralta.
Over the course of the offseason they also shored up the bullpen with the inclusion of veteran journeyman Octavio Dotel who will a replacement for the oft-injured Joel Zumaya. Dotel has played for almost half of the teams in Major League Baseball since 1999. He has been through almost every scenario a player in his position can be in, so his capacity to adapt and teach has to be pretty weighty to a pitching staff that is still young enough to be amenable.
|Ryan Braun specialist, Octavio Dotel|