Detroit Tigers: 5 New Year's resolutions for 2024

In the spirit of the New Year's Holiday, we've come up with some New Year's Resolutions for the Detroit Tigers.
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3. Have at least one starting pitcher pitch at least 150 innings

This has been a problem for years now. The Tigers can't keep their pitchers healthy enough to pitch 150 innings or more. That really needs to change in order for the team to be competitive in 2024.

I'd personally love for that pitcher to be Tarik Skubal. He should be fully recovered from flexor tendon surgery by now, and if the second half of 2023 was any indication, he's ready to be that ace the Tigers desparately need.

Unfortunately, the rest of the Tigers projected starting rotation is filled with pitchers with injury histories, including Skubal. Kenta Maeda, Casey Mize, Matt Manning, and Jack Flaherty all have some sort of injury concerns.

Reese Olson and Sawyer Gipson-Long are both here as insurance policies, but we've seen each of the last two years how wrecked this rotation can be. They need some stability in this rotation.

It probably won't be Mize, as he's coming back from Tommy John surgery. It probably won't be Flaherty, given last season was the first time he had pitched over 100 innings since 2019. It probably won't be Manning either, since he's never reached triple digits in terms of innings pitched. So you're looking at Skubal, and *maybe* Maeda or Olson. Maybe Scott Harris isn't crazy for having so many starting pitchers after all.