The biggest difference between success and failure this season for the Detroit Tigers will surely be in their pitching. So many questions surround the staff because the team is looking for rebounds from pitchers who underperformed last year.
Perhaps the most uncertainty lies with Jeremy Bonderman, who's coming back from surgery to correct a circulatory problem in his right shoulder. One of his ribs had to be taken out to alleviate the problem. He should recover nicely, as Kenny Rogers did in 2007, but you just never know with these sorts of things. (And how will growing out his hair affect Bondo's performance?)
That leads us to this week's poll question:
How many games will Jeremy Bonderman win in 2009?
Thanks to Barry2 for submitting the suggestion. Your comments on the subject are also welcome.
Last week's poll was pretty much a landslide from the start. I actually thought it might be a bit closer, but as stated at the beginning of this post, pitching is the big concern with the Tigers, so I guess this shouldn't have been a surprise.
What was the Tigers' most important move of the offseason?
15% Trading for Gerald Laird
9% Signing Adam Everett
12% Trading for Edwin Jackson
11% Signing Brandon Lyon
46% Hiring Rick Knapp as pitching coach
3% Signing Matt Treanor