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Detroit Tigers Fantasy Preview

Posted: Friday March 18, 2005 4:24PM; Updated: Friday March 18, 2005 4:24PM
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Projected Lineup (2004 stats)
Pos. Player Avg. HR RBI SB
3B Brandon Inge .287 13 64 5
SS Carlos Guillen .318 20 97 12
C Pudge Rodriguez .334 19 86 7
RF Magglio Ordonez .292 9 37 0
DH Dmitri Young .272 18 60 0
LF Rondell White .270 19 67 1
1B Carlos Peņa .241 27 82 7
CF Nook Logan .278 0 10 8
2B Omar Infante .264 16 55 13
Projected Rotation
Starters W-L WHIP ERA K
Jason Johnson 8-15 1.43 5.13 125
Nate Robertson 12-10 1.40 4.90 155
Jeremy Bonderman 11-13 1.31 4.89 168
Mike Maroth 11-13 1.40 4.31 108
Wilfredo Ledezma 4-3 1.37 4.39 29
Projected Closer
Player W-L WHIP ERA Saves
Troy Percival 2-3 1.25 2.90 33
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In two short years the Tigers have gone from a laughingstock to a much improved team talking about contending in the AL Central. Although they didn't get the cream of the free-agency crop, the team's two big signings -- Troy Percival and Magglio Ordonez -- will go a long way toward establishing the Tigers' credibility.

Worth Every Penny

Pudge Rodriguez is one of the greatest all-around catchers the game has ever known. At age 33, he's still going strong after hitting .334 last season, the ninth time in the past 10 years he's reached .300. At a position where any production is a bonus, Rodriguez is one of the elite performers.

About to Blossom

Only 22 years old, Jeremy Bonderman enters his third big league season ready to take off. Blessed with a fastball that reaches the high 90s, Bonderman settled down in the second half and posted a 3.70 ERA. He ranked fourth in the AL in strikeouts per nine innings and led the league with two shutouts. He should be a great value pick for your staff.

Caveat Emptor

In two of the past three seasons, Dmitri Young has had injury problems. When he manages to find himself between the lines, however, he's one heck of a hitter. Eligible in most leagues at first base and DH, Young could also find himself at times in the outfield and third base, making him one of the most valuable fantasy utility players.

Do You Feel Lucky?

You and the Tigers are in the same boat when it comes to the status of Ordonez, although your investment is substantially less. The big free-agent signee says he's healthy and the Tigers believed in him enough to offer a five-year, $75 million contract. He's normally good for at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, but his knees will scare folks away.

Need Speed?

Having jettisoned Alex Sanchez, the Tigers' best hope for speed is rookie Nook Logan, who stole a combined 46 bases in Class AAA and the majors last season. The middle infield combination of Carlos Guillen and Omar Infante totaled double-figure steals last season and should do so again.

If Something Should Happen To Troy Percival

The Tigers are three deep at closer right now with Percival, Ugueth Urbina and 100 mph throwing Kyle Farnsworth. There's a very good chance Urbina will be moved before the regular season begins, so if you really want a backup for Percival, Farnsworth would be a good call.

Don't Forget About

Carlos Pena, Nate Robertson, Craig Monroe, Carlos Guillen

Don't Bother With

Mike Maroth, Bobby Higginson, Vance Wilson

David Sabino is the associate editor in charge of statistics at Sports Illustrated and the author of the book, Dominate Your Fantasy Baseball League (Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade).