It seems like a lot of these AL Central teams have the starting lineup to compete, but injuries will determine who wins. The Tigers Regular Season Win Total is set at 78.5 which is the highest it has been in a long time. They signed Javier Baez to a long-term deal, and they have a bunch more prospects ready to come up. Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene should add some serious talent to that lineup, and they traded for Tucker Barnhart as well. Akil Baddoo has been raking this Spring, and this will be one of Miguel Cabrera’s last seasons, if not his last.
This team ended up winning 77 games last season, but they are still very young. They added Eduardo Rodriguez to the top of their rotation, but he’s no ace. They also have Tarik Skubal, Casey Mize, Matt Manning, and Tyler Alexander. All very solid arms, but all still very young. They have more pitching depth this season so that should show throughout the bullpen as well. This team will go on hot streaks and cold streaks, and they will be very live dogs in many games. However, I don’t think I can bet on them at this number with the inconsistency of younger players. They still need to acclimate to the league, learn the pitchers, etc. There is a steep curve. This team could easily win 81 games, but they could also win just 75.