The Detroit Tigers showed the baseball world that they can compete in 2023. In a crucial series against the San Francisco Giants where the Tigers were coming into with a record of 3-9, they responded. The Detroit Tigers showed the difference between the team this year & the team of last year.

Positive Takeaways

In two feel-good moments, Nick Maton & Miguel Cabrera walked off the San Fransico Giants. Despite game three being postponed, there were many positives to take from the series. One of which was Javier Baez, who responded after his benching in game three of the series against Toronto.

The Detroit Tigers starting pitching was a huge positive as well. Dating back to the Toronto series, starters like Spencer Turnbull, Eduardo Rodriguez & Joey Wentz put in strong performances.

The bullpen, which has struggled mightily to start the season even showed signs of life. They threw seven scoreless innings in game two versus the Giants, giving the offense a chance to come back & win the ballgame.

Who Needs to Step-Up?

Riley Greene & Spencer Torkelson are the two young stars who will need to step-up. Greene who had a very strong start to the season has gone into a slump. His strikeout rate is also a problem. The 22-year-old is in the 11th percentile in MLB in terms of K%. Despite a big hit on Saturday, Spencer Torkelson has not homered since April 4th. His OPS sits at just .541 to start his sophomore season.

Looking Ahead

The Detroit Tigers will host the Cleveland Guardians in a three-game set. Cleveland won the season series against the Tigers last year 10-9, with Detroit having a run differential of -14 in those 19 games. The Tigers will get to make their first impression on the American League Central Champions from last year.

What do you think we can expect from the Detroit Tigers moving forward?

Author: Jon Kloss

Photo Credit: © Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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By Published On: April 17th, 2023Categories: Detroit Tigers, MLB

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