Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/16/14
From my season preview of the Tigers on Wednesday... Burning QuestionIs Detroit's offense going to be the best in the American League this year? Let's look at this question statistically. The Tigers return most of their offense, but have a couple of change. Victor Martinez will miss the season, and will (essentially) be replaced by Prince Fielder. Brandon Inge isn't a starter anymore, and is essentially going to be replaced by Andy Dirks. Brennan Boesch is going full-time in right field to replace Magglio Ordonez. Miguel Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila, Austin Jackson, Ryan Raburn, and a full season of Delmon Young will be returning. Well...what's that tell us? Dirks had a .702 OPS last year, but that's a huge upgrade over the .558 mark posted by Inge in 2011. The broken down Magglio Ordonez had a horrendous .634 season, while the perennial platooner Bosch had a .798 season. The big switch, going from Martinez to Fielder, results in a jump from an .850 O...
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