SHOW MORE 

Predicting the Detroit Tigers' starting pitching rotation for Opening Day

Tigers will play first spring training game in less than a month

Michael Fulmer reacts after giving up a solo homer to Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers during a game against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park on June 8, 2018, in Detroit. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Michael Fulmer reacts after giving up a solo homer to Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers during a game against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park on June 8, 2018, in Detroit. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT – On Tuesday, a month before the Detroit Tigers play their first spring training game of 2019, we predicted what the starting lineup and defensive positions would look like on Opening Day.

READ: Predicting Detroit Tigers' starting lineup, positions for Opening Day

The starting rotation won't look any more promising than the offense, at least not at the beginning of the season. Last season, Tigers starters ranked outside the top 20 in ERA, batting average allowed, innings pitched and strikeouts.

There are a couple of new faces that could shake up the rotation, but none that will make the Tigers drastically better than a year ago.

Here's a look at what we can expect in the starting rotation.

1. Michael Fulmer

2018 stats: 132.1 innings pitched, 7.5 K/9, 4.69 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

Michael Fulmer has been one of the Detroit Tigers' best starting pitchers since joining the team in 2016. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

About the Author: