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Tigers Look to Compete in 2022

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While fans across the baseball world anxiously wait for news regarding the 2022 MLB season, projections and predictions have become increasingly popular throughout social media. While some teams decided to wait until after the Lockout debatably no team did more to boost their odds than the Detroit Tigers.

2022 Predictions

Earlier this month, FanGraphs released their predictions for the 2022 season and fans across baseball social media were quick to have their hot takes.

Besides no team winning more than 94 games (in a projected 162 game season), one of the more interesting surprises was the expected slight regression of the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers won 77 games this past season and made some interesting moves before the lockout that show the Motor City is looking to compete. As a result, they could become a sneaky play in betting markets, including bonusbets.com promo code as the team looks to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Off Season Splashes

The Tigers made a couple of noteworthy signings earlier in the offseason, improving both their rotation and lineup with the additions of Eduardo Rodriguez and Javier Baez. E-Rod had a bit of a down year in 2021 as he bounced back from Covid-19 complications, while Baez turned a deadline deal with the Mets into a huge payday in the Motor City.

Meanwhile, the team also improved behind the plate by acquiring Tucker Barnhart from the Reds. With improvements in the rotation, behind the plate and at short, the Tigers are signaling to the rest of MLB that they are ready to compete.

The Former Number 1 Draft Pick

Perhaps the most important piece to the Tigers’ offseason rests on the incredibly talented Spencer Torkelson. The top choice from the 2020 draft is expected to make his debut this season after mashing 30 home runs in the minors in 2021. While the Tigers have tried him at third base, he will likely be moved to first at some point in his career.

2022 Outlook

Simply put, the Tigers significantly improved this offseason and should look to compete for a spot in the AL Postseason. With the Royals still looking to rebound, the Twins in a rebuild and the Guardians moving in the wrong direction, there should be enough winnable games for the Tigers to improve on their 2021 season.

Meanwhile, if the White Sox continue to struggle against teams above .500, the Tigers could find themselves battling for the AL Central crown late into the season.

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