MLB Opening Day Roundtable: Detroit Tigers and MLB Staff Predictions

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April 5, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Opening Day logo on the field before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s finally here! MLB Opening Day! Well-it’s Opening Night first.

Jon Lester will throw the first pitch of the Major League Baseball season Sunday night somewhere around 8:05 p.m. ET as the Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals in the first of 2,430 baseball games in the 2015 regular season.

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One of those 2,430 games will take place Monday as the Detroit Tigers host the divisional rival Minnesota Twins.

As we have seen throughout Spring Training, there is plenty to be concerned about with the Tigers heading into regular season action.

Do they have the players, talent and management to grab their fifth straight playoff appearance and finally earn that elusive fifth World Series title? Or will they begin a steady decline that the national media has been predicting for several  years? Perhaps the Tigers will fall back to the pack in 2015, retool and compete again in 2016.

The Motor City Bengals staff cobbled together our collective knowledge to predict not only the Detroit Tigers’ fate but who will win the other divisions, wild-cards, pennants and World Series. We also look at which players will take home the hardware with MVP and Cy Young awards in each league.

Since this is a Detroit Tigers blog, let’s take a look at their division first….

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