THOUGHTS ON THE TIGERS ON OPENING NIGHT

     It isn't just all basketball Monday night.  The Detroit Tigers open their regular season quietly in Toronto with the first of four games against the Blue Jays.  All under the dome before the Tigers come home on Friday.

     I'll predict another losing season, maybe not as bad as the 74-88 of a year ago, but this team still has too many issues that I can see.  Jim Leyland is likely managing his final season, whether it's his fault or not.  But he doesn't have a proven staff of starters, his middle relief is in question and who knows who the closer really is.  Fernando Rodney gets the call to start and we all remember his wild days of a year ago.

     Position players are about the same-- not much new to get excited about.  Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonoez will still provide the pop and they're both good providing they play as well as they did last season.  The Tigers cannot afford to get off to another 0-7 start as they did last year and never recovered.

     Attendance likely will be down significantly-- that means the town needs a winning team-- and I just don't know if the Tigers will offer that up.  They'll need major contributions from a variety of pitchers that to the moment many don't see as contributing that much.

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