Baseball odds makers and analysts had already crowned the Detroit Tigers the World Series favorites last year before the baseball betting odds season had even gotten underway.
It was a foregone conclusion that the talent-lade roster would dominate the baseball odds competition and bring some glory back to the sagging city of Detroit. But after limping to the worst baseball betting odds competition start in franchise history and a 74-win season, baseball odds fans are still wondering what went wrong.
Baseball odds competition is as unpredictable as any sport, but almost no one predicted just how far the Tigers would fall during the 2008 baseball betting odds campaign. Not only did the team fail to make the baseball odds post season as everyone had predicted, but the Tigers finished dead last in the AL Central –even worse than the Royals, the baseball odds whipping boy.
But this year the Tigers have learned from their mistakes and should be the biggest challenger to the reigning baseball odds division champ, the White Sox. On paper there is no other lineup at the plate that is as intimidating as the Tigers. This is a team that should seemingly score a dozen runs a game with baseball odds sluggers like Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield and Curtis Granderson in the lineup.
Several of these players had sub-par years last season, but expect Cabrera to have a monster year in the baseball odds, now that he’s had a year to adjust to AL baseball odds competition. Last year he led the league in HRs and RBIs and should improve on those totals (37 HRs, 127 RBIs) in this year’s baseball odds competition.
The pitching staff of the Tigers was a major disappointment in the baseball betting odds competition last year. After entering the season with major expectations, the team’s aces, Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman, stunk it up. The two combined for only 14 wins and both finished the baseball odds season with ERAs over 4.00. The pitching staff will get plenty of run support and the wins for both of these starters should be up in the 2009 baseball odds competition, but they must improve from last season’s abysmal performance. The team also lacks an established closer and will likely move to acquire one if this proves to a problem in the early going of the baseball odds season.
On paper, the Tigers are one of the best in the AL. If their starting rotation can hold up this team should make the baseball odds playoffs.
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