Blair Tatrault wrapped up our week on Friday by exploring the Tigers’ steady defense up the middle.
"Traditional baseball wisdom holds that strength up the middle is essential to a solid defense. If that’s the case, then at least as far as the center of the diamond is concerned, the Detroit Tigers will be standing on very solid ground in 2015. It starts behind the plate, where incumbent Alex Avila is expected to share time with rookie James McCann. Beyond that, the keystone combination of shortstop and second base will be handled by Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler, whereas newcomer Anthony Gose is expected to get most of the playing time in center. So what exactly can we expect from these players who’ll form the core of the team’s defense? Let’s take a look."