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Detroit Tigers: Best/Worst Case Scenarios for 2018

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DETROIT, MI - JULY 16: Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers bunts to advance Alex Avila of the Detroit Tigers to second base against the Toronto Blue Jays during the 11th inning at Comerica Park on July 16, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 16: Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers bunts to advance Alex Avila of the Detroit Tigers to second base against the Toronto Blue Jays during the 11th inning at Comerica Park on July 16, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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LAKELAND, FL – MARCH 01: A view from the Tiger spring training home Joker Marchant Stadium before the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL – MARCH 01: A view from the Tiger spring training home Joker Marchant Stadium before the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 1, 2016 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Tigers posted 98 losses last season, could it get worse from there?

The Astros posted 100+ loss seasons from 2012-2013, and it seems like the Detroit Tigers aren’t in that bad of dire straits to be worried about consecutive 100+ loss seasons.  2003 was just horrid for the team, and that’s the worst it’s ever been in franchise history.

Things aren’t likely to be that bad, but they could be 100 loss bad. The team went 64-98 last season, two losses shy of posting 100 losses. So posting at least 100 losses isn’t too far out of the realm of possibility. The Detroit Tigers have shipped away veterans like Justin Verlander and Ian Kinsler, veterans who were core to the 64 wins the team got last year.

As we mentioned earlier FanGraphs projects the 2018 Detroit Tigers to post 72-90 record, just 10 losses shy of 100. Of course, projections aren’t perfect but this is a good indicator of how the team will fare next season and is another determinate of being doubtful the team will actually lose 100+ games.

Even if they win just 65-74 wins, that gives the team wiggle room, and away from the dreaded 100 loss mark.

This of course ties into the next best case scenario: The 2018 Detroit Tigers continue their rebuild.

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