Analysts Agree: Tigers To Be Worst In Baseball For Second Straight Year

The outside doubts are easily understood.

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February 04, 2020 - 11:08 am

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The Tigers say the worst of the rebuild is over. They say it's time to start winning in 2020.

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Not everyone's buying it. 

A panel of six analysts from USA Today project the Tigers to be the worst team in baseball for the second year in a row. 

But hey, look at the bright side. They foresee Detroit making a seven-win improvement, from 47-114 to 57-108. 

Despite the cautious optimism within, the doubts from the outside don't come as much surprise. The Tigers are still void of elite talent, and their best prospects aren't projected to make a serious impact for another year or two. 

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For Detroit to avoid another 100-loss season, free agents C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop will have to make big contributions, Matthew Boyd will have to rediscover the form he showed in the first half last year, someone in the outfield will have to hit, and well, the list goes on. 

It would certainly help if one of the team's top pitching prospects earned a call-up, but that likely won't happen until the second half of the season. For the first half, as USA Today points out, Tigers fans can enjoy the sight of Ivan Nova

"It’s going to be another miserable year in Motown, but at least once every five days, the Tigers can hand the ball to Ivan Nova and see league-average performance, in all its glory."