Detroit tigers roster Injuries and roster changes are causing anxiety for the start of the season.
Welcome to the 2022 season of the Detroit tigers roster! Spring has here, baseball has returned, and Spencer Torkelson will be in the starting lineup on Opening Day.
With every season of promise, though, comes the scary fears that Tigers fans have become used to with each competitive club over the previous three competitive cycles.
Let’s face it: the Detroit tigers roster’ pitching staff is woefully understaffed. Right now, three key players (Kyle Funkhouser, Andrew Chafin, and Jose Cisnero) are beginning the season on the IL, while three experienced veterans are starting the season in the minors to relax their arms (Chase Anderson, Wily Peralta, and Michael Pineda).
That means two unknown rookies and two veterans with a shaky track record will be competing for roster berths. Drew Hutchinson and Jacob Barnes, both veterans, plus young guns Will Vest and Elvin Rodriguez. To be honest, this seems to be a major source of worry, yet gracious overlord Al Avila appears to be uninterested in dealing with it.
Given Riley Greene’s readiness to fill the void created by his absence, this is perplexing. Given that Derek Hill is also injured, there may be different situations, but it seems surprising that there hasn’t been the same urgency in seeking pitching aid.
To begin the season, the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff faces numerous questions. The Tigers’ pitching issues are all over the place this season. Not only will the bullpen rely almost entirely on Gregory Soto and Michael Fulmer in high-leverage situations, but the rotation will turn to Matt Manning and, most likely, Tyler Alexander every five days.
Although Manning has the potential to be a great player, Detroit must have faith in him to take the next step and become the player we all want him to be. Will he, however, be able to limit walks and keep pitch counts low enough to extend games into the 5th and 6th innings? Is his thing going to work three times in a row?
Then there’s Alexander, who raises concerns about his use. What left-handed alternatives are available right out of the box? Is Alexander capable of pitching more than four innings in a game? Do we really think he’s more than just a long-relief arm? Despite the fact that I am a Tyler Alexander fan, I believe there are enough concerns to cause worry.
Finally, we’ve arrived at the bottom. What happens if someone is injured throughout the season? Is the internal infrastructure in place to easily win games? Are Beau Brieske, Joey Wentz, and Alex Faedo hypothetically prepared in the event that anything goes wrong? There are so many questions and so few answers right now.
Al Avila’s apathy in the pitching market might be incredibly beneficial or extremely detrimental. Now we get to the most important question I’ve had: why have the Tigers been happy to remain quiet in the arm market recently? Al Avila has showed no reluctance to make transactions, even deviating from his usual practise of holding on a talent who can’t grow until they burn out and fail (see also: Dawel Lugo).
Staying in the market for one of two reasons, in my opinion. 1.) The quality of pitching on the market is not up to the level that the Tigers’ management feels would help them compete, or 2.) A.J. Hinch believes that with the infrastructure in place, he can win games with the current staff of injured and non-injury pitchers.
In all cases, I see one similar thread: we, as fans, don’t know the whole narrative. Do I feel Sean Manaea might have been a valuable rotation player who could have completed the team? Absolutely, and I feel the same of Frankie Montas, but the latter did not come cheap. Trevor Rosenthal, who is currently unsigned, is in the same boat.
The Tigers obviously see something in the new staff that we as supporters do not. Do I have any concerns? Absolutely. Do I have confidence in the squad Avila and Hinch are assembling, as well as the organization’s direction? I can confidently say yes for the first time in a minute.