The Detroit Tigers had a dreadful season in 2015, and as such, jettisoned a number of players in the offseason. This led to winter remake of the team for general manager Al Avila.
The new head man in the front office had what was largely panned as a wildly-successful offseason—and this meant bringing in a number of new players.
With it being the home opener for Detroit, home fans will get a chance to see players like Zimmermann and Justin Upton make their respective home debuts.
More so than in seasons past, there are a lot of new Tigers. This means that, in addition to the two big-name signings, the Detroit faithful could also see utility ace Mike Aviles, backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, closer Francisco Rodriguez or fellow relievers Mark Lowe, Justin Wilson and Logan Kensing.
It would be particularly assuring for the Tigers fans to see the team close out a game with the first-choice relievers.
There was some concern in the fan base after the bullpen nearly collapsed in both games in Miami. This was mainly to do with Rodriguez’s bad outing on Opening Day, but the closer has already responded with a save since. Lowe and Wilson were both excellent against the Marlins, and fans could see all three pitch. Detroit didn’t play on Thursday, so the trio should be available to pitch.