Tigers are starting off the season with a number of divisional match ups against Kansas City and Chicago. These are all games that the team must win because the schedule gets much more difficult going into May and June. Below are a look at the projected starting pitchers through next weekend assuming starting lineups stay consistent. Boston is the most in question with Beckett still out but likely to start on Sunday which would put him not in the Tigers path.
|Date||Tiger Pitcher||Opp. Team||Opp. Pitcher||Date||Tiger Pitcher||Opp. Team||Opp. Pitcher|
|April 2nd||Kenny Rogers||KCR||Brian Bannister||April 8th||Kenny Rogers||BOS||Daisuke Matsuzaka|
|April 3rd||Jeremy Bonderman||KCR||Zach Greinke||April 9th||Jeremy Bonderman||BOS||Jon Lester|
|April 4th||Nate Robertson||CWS||Jose Contreras||April 10th||Nate Robertson||BOS||Tim Wakefield|
|April 5th||Dontrelle Willis||CWS||Gavin Floyd||April 11th||Dontrelle Willis||CWS||Gavin Floyd|
|April 6th||Justin Verlander||CWS||Mark Buhrle||April 12th||Justin Verlander||CWS||Mark Buhrle|
|April 7th||No Game||April 13th||Kenny Rogers||CWS||Javier Vazquez|
The White Sox rotation is probably the most vulnerable and the Tigers hit Boston’s Tim Wakefield last year in the one game they saw him. I’ve heard the story of the season being a marathon and not a sprint, but it’d be real nice to put Cleveland a few games behind from the start.