#10 - Detroit
Offense: Offense is solid, as it should be considering how much money DET has locked up. WsL Rank: 8th
Nobody pays for mediocrity quite like the DomosWsL Rank: 12th
Relief Pitching: Some depth, but it lacks a knockout punch.WsL Rank: 13th
The Domos had some upside in most divisions, but fell victim to a brutal NL Central featuring three 90-win teams. At the heart of their problem was that the Domos did not do any one thing particularly well. Despite having a lineup big on names, production did not follow. All in all, it was another mediocre year for Detroit.
Final Record: 69-93, 4th in NL Central
Team AVG: .250, 19th in the WsL
Team OBP: .314, 20th in the WsL
Team SLG: .390, 18th in the WsL
Team ERA: 4.59, 18th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .267, T-16th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 186, 19th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
The Domos needed to infuse some young, cheap talent into the organiziation coming into the draft. Fortunately, it looks like they've added two impact pieces in lefty-2B Jason Kipnis and southpaw-RP Aaron Crow. In fact, Kipnis immmediately upgrades a 4-hole that has been crippling the Domos with the likes of Danny Worth, Mike Fontenot and Wil Rhymes.
Worst Offseason Move
The Domos have nearly $50M tied up long-term in Hanley Ramirez, Mark Teixiera and newly re-signed Andre Ethier and new SP Ubaldo Jimenez. This does not include another $15M tied up for next year in Scott Baker, Scott Downs and Cody Ross. Detroit is in cap hell worse than just about any team in the league. Does anyone see a playoff run with those players? Hardly.
PG's '11 Prediction
While the Domos haven't necessarily improved much from last year, they'll benefit from a severely weakened NL-Central...and NL in general. 87-75 record.