Detroit Tigers start 2024 on a high note: Start in the win column

The Detroit Tigers have started off the 2024 season right, picking up their first win of the season on Opening Day as they took down the White Sox in Chicago.

Grounds crew workers prepare the field for an MLB Opening Day in Chicago.
Grounds crew workers prepare the field for an MLB Opening Day in Chicago. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers are off and running! The 2024 season has begun, and the team has started its 162-game journey through this year's regular season. Detroit is a much different team this year, and they are hoping to make some noise and come out on top of the American League (AL) Central Division.

However, the Detroit Tigers still have some work to do to get there. They're a much better ballclub than they have been in past years, but the Tigers still have some climbing to do. Opening Day has come and gone, and Detroit was able to get the 2024 season started off right.

The Tigers are in Chicago, facing off with the White Sox on the city's Southside. They sent Tarik Skubal to the mound in game one of the year. He was named the Opening Day starter and began his road toward an AL Cy Young award with his start for Detroit. He's come a long way, and he helped Detroit find a way to take home a win in game one of the year.

It's got to feel nice to start the season with a 1-0 record and get into the win column. While Detroit's got a real long road ahead of them with 161 games to go, even just one win feels good. Starting off on a good note has to allow the team to breathe a bit and focus on locking in tomorrow to keep things going in game two of the series.

Detroit Tigers start off the 2024 season in the win column.

With 162 games to play, one win may not be the deciding factor of the entire season, but getting that first one out of the way is important. Not to mention, getting it out of the way on Opening Day is also important. Detroit was able to set themselves up well heading into the rest of the weekend, too.

As mentioned above, Skubal had a great day on the mound. He delivered an exceptional first outing for The Tigers, going six strong innings, allowing just three hits, and punching out six opposing hitters. He had no walks and did not allow a run, turning things over to the bullpen, who closed it down.

Rookie Colt Keith picked up his first career hit. Granted, it was a pure dribbler through the infield; it was indeed a hit. His hustle down the line helped him come away with career-hit no.1 for the Tigers. After his horrid spring performance, Javier Báez collected a base knock for the Tigers.

Andy Ibáñez drove in the Tigers' lone run. He drove one deep enough to score the run on a sacrifice fly, putting Detroit ahead by a run. The Tigers would hang onto a 1-0 victory over the White Sox, holding their offense scoreless. It was a great way to start the season, and there's got to be hope to keep stringing together some wins in this series match-up against the White Sox.