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Detroit Tigers: Staff preseason predictions

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 23: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers hits an RBI single against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on July 23, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 9-6. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 23: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers hits an RBI single against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on July 23, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 9-6. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 12: Mike Fiers #54 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 12, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 12: Mike Fiers #54 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 12, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) /

Mike Fiers will be the number three starter

First, Mike Fiers is going to establish himself as the number three man in the starting rotation behind Fulmer and Zimmerman. That vegan diet and mustache (and of course pitching coach Chris Bosio) are going to be contributing factors in Fiers turning things around during the regular season.

Matt Boyd will be the number five starter

Secondly, Matt Boyd will be the number five guy in the starting rotation. I think he figured things out towards the end of last season and Tigers fans should keep an eye on him. This also means that Norris ends up back in Toledo. This is the right move in my opinion. Norris hasn’t shown just yet that he needs to be moved to the bullpen and the Boyd would in all likelihood be claimed off of waivers by another team.

Tigers will trade Francisco Liriano

Franscisco Liriano will be gone once the trade deadline passes. Whether the Tigers can get some value out of that remains to be seen. But I don’t think the Tigers will keep him past the trade deadline.  He might play just well enough for us to flip him for some lower level prospects, but I don’t think it’d be any prospects of value.

Leonys Martin will become a fan favorite

Finally, Leonys Martin. He’ll became a fan favorite. Between his stolen bases and hitting hard in Comerica Park I expect Tigers fans to embrace the veteran hitter. They might even want him to stick around with the Tigers. Between Martin, Castellanos, Miggy and V-Mart the Tigers offense should be somewhat exciting. Although if wins are what excite people then maybe not…

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