MLB Preview: AL Central

Sunday, March 20, AD 2011

The American League Central boasts a trio of good, but not great teams that should battle it out down to the wire.  It’s difficult to see any of these teams pulling away or fading from contention.  In the end, I’m going with the team that always seems to wind up on top.

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  • Detroit had 2 other important acquisitions – Benoit, a reliever from Tampa Bay, who had a crazy low ERA and averaged over 1 strikeout per inning. He’s penciled in to set-up Valverde. Could be a key component in the bullpen (esp. if Zumaya is unreliable health-wise again). And they also signed Brad Penny as the 4th starter – he’s either going to be fine, or not so fine. I think of him as a one-year fill in while the organization waits for some young pitchers – Wilk, Turner and Oliver in particulat – to develop in the minors.

    Second base is still a question mark, even if Guillen comes back.

    The number five starter is lefty Phil Coke – a reliever last season. He’s had a good spring, but that means as much as an Obama promise – not much. Still, I am more confident with him in the rotation rather than Galaragga I’m not so worried about Porcello, as his 2010 could be chalked up as that dreaded ‘sophmore jinx’.

    I’m excited for the Tigers this year – it’s shaping up to be a fun summer, and hopefully they’ll be playing some meaningful games in September again.

  • Yeah, I like the Penny signing. It’s never a bad idea to see if someone who’s had recent injury concerns can rebound, and the Mets are trying that as well with guys like Capuano and Young. If it works, great. If not, you’re only out a relatively small sum. And Penny was fairly effective in limited innings down the stretch, so he could definitely provide a boost.

    It occurs to me that I didn’t get into much detail about any of the bullpens. That’s not entirely an oversight. Bullpens are such crapshoots, but if you can find four or five solid arms in a pen that’s an enormous boost.

  • GO TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!