Detroit Tigers Feeling the Pressure to Succeed in 2017

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May 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) receives congratulations from right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) receives congratulations from right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) after he hits a home run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) warms up before the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) warms up before the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers are down to single-digit days before they officially have to report on February 13. A handful of Tigers have already made the trek to Lakeland, Florida to begin the longest season in professional sports.

Detroit Tigers pitchers like Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer are already throwing in the warmth and sunshine at Tigertown in Central Florida.

Their early arrival is a sure sign of dedication and the will to win. It is also a potential sign that they are feeling pressure as two of the best pitchers in the game. What other Tigers should be feeling pressure as the team gets ready for a season that could make or break the team?

After finishing in a disappointing, but still surprising second place in the AL Central, the Tigers still have some of the best players in the game. The fact that they have not won a title for their generous owner continues to be problematic. The pressure is on for serious success; if the team cannot dominate, it will most likely look much younger and less expensive in 2018.

Let’s take a look at the Tigers who should be feeling the most pressure as they face the cusp of the 2017 season.

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