Detroit Tigers finalize Opening Day roster
The Detroit Tigers Opening Day roster is finally set
The Opening Day roster for the Detroit Tigers has been finalized. We finally know who will be apart of the team when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays tomorrow. A few injuries and last-minute roster moves changed things slightly, but it's finally done.
Here's how everything will shake out:
Catcher: Eric Haase, Jake Rogers
Infield: Spencer Torkelson, Jonathan Schoop, Javier Baez, Nick Maton, Ryan Kreidler, Zack McKinstry
Outfield: Matt Vierling, Austin Meadows, Riley Greene, Kerry Carpenter
DH: Miguel Cabrera
Starting rotation: Eduardo Rodriguez, Spencer Turnbull, Joey Wentz, Matthew Boyd, Matt Manning
Bullpen: Garrett Hill, Mason Englert, Tyler Alexander, Chasen Shreve, Trey Wingenter, Jason Foley, Jose Cisnero, Alex Lange
Not a ton of surprises here, save for maybe McKinstry since that trade came out of nowhere a couple of days ago. Ryan Kreidler could be seen as a mild surprise, but with Cesar Hernandez being released it's not terribly shocking.
Wentz will start on Sunday in the series finale against Tampa. That is likely to avoid having both Wentz and Matt Manning start against the Houston Astros, who the Tigers play next. With that lineup, that's not a favorable matchup for either pitcher.
The rotation also sets up Spencer Turnbull to start the home opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 6. He could very easily end up being the Tigers best pitcher this season, so that's not a bad choice at all.
Hill was chosen over Beau Brieske mostly because Brieske is going to start the season on the IL with upper arm soreness. Unfortunate news for sure. He didn't have a great spring, but he really needed the innings in Toledo.
The roster is finally set. We can finally stop wondering about who exactly will be on this team. Now, we can start talking about real baseball games. The season is finally here.