2014 Tigers Outlook
2013 was a successful campaign for the Tigers, as Detroit won 93 games en route to the AL Central title. Detroit's season ended in disappointment, however, when the Tigers were eliminated by the Boston Red Sox in six games in the ALCS. Over three million Tigers fans made their way to Comerica Park in 2013, and after another successful season, that number should rise in 2014. Make sure you head out to Comerica Park this season -- buy your Tigers tickets at Ticket Liquidator today!
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski made one of the biggest moves this offseason, when he traded first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Fielder signed a nine-year contract with the Tigers prior to the 2012 season, but after hitting just .279/.362/.457 with poor defense last season, Dombrowski opted to send the slugger to Texas.
Like Fielder, Kinsler had a disappointing 2013, hitting .277/.344/.413, with only 13 home runs -- the fewest amount of homers he's hit in a major league season. Kinsler is an above average defender at second base, and is an asset on the base paths as well. Kinsler is just two years removed from a 7.3 WAR season, and has the potential to make a bigger impact than Fielder made.
Kinsler joins a lineup anchored by two-time reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter, Austin Jackson and Victor Martinez.
The Tigers are set to boast one of the American League's best rotations in 2014, with reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello all fixtures in Detroit's rotation. Dombrowski signed closer Joe Nathan as a free agent this offseason, shoring up a glaring weakness from last year's team.
2014 Tigers Schedule
Though Detroit has dominated the AL Central in recent years, the Tigers will face tougher competition in 2014. The Cleveland Indians finished just one game behind the Tigers in 2013, and will factor into the playoff race once again this season. Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals took a step forward in 2013, and will aim to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985 -- when the Royals captured the World Series title. The Chicago White Sox will try to climb back into the playoff picture, and signed Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu to boost Chicago's offense. The Minnesota Twins aren't likely to factor into the playoff picture this season, but signed Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco this season, and should be much improved.
2014 Tigers Interleague Schedule
The Tigers start interleague play early this season, when they head to Los Angeles to take on Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers April 8 and April 9. Detroit hosts Los Angeles for a pair of games July 8 and July 9. After visiting Los Angeles April 8 and 9, the Tigers head to San Diego for a rare series at Petco Park April 11, April 12 and April 13. Detroit will also take a road trip to Arizona, when they take on the Diamondbacks at Chase Field July 21, July 22 and July 23.
Detroit will welcome the Colorado Rockies to Comerica Park August 1, August 2 and August 3, before hosting the San Francisco Giants in a 2012 World Series rematch September 5, September 6, and September 7.
About Comerica Park
The Tigers have called Comerica Park home since the 2000 season, when the park replaced Tigers Stadium. Comerica Park is one of baseball's nicest venues, and has a capacity of 41,255. Comerica Park hosted Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in 2005, marking the first time the All-Star game was held in Detroit since 1971. Comerica Park hosted Detroit's pennant-clinching win over the Oakland A's in 2006, when Magglio Ordonez hit a walk-off home run to send the Tigers to the World Series. Detroit clinched the 2012 pennant at Comerica Park as well, when the Tigers eliminated the Yankees, and advanced to the World Series.
The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett and Detroit-native Eminem have all played concerts at Comerica Park.
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