We asked some fans to predict the season. Here's how the season and their predictions fared.
Published: October 24, 2012
WIN!!! FOR SURE. —jessica Care Moore, poet, creator Black Women Rock
If you predict that they'll make it to the playoffs and get past the divisional series, who will they face in the ALCS? Will they advance to the World Series? REALITY: They best the Yankees in ALCS.
Tigers will top the Yankees for the ALCS. Yankee fans will be asking themselves why don't we have Austin Jackson? Yankees fans will ask why did we ever give up Austin Jackson? —Charlie Langton
They'll face the Texas Rangers in a repeat of the 2011 ALCS, and this time should win it. In seven thrilling games too. —Bill Shea
Never bet against the Yankees to make the playoffs. Where they seem to lose to the Tigers. —Craig Fahle
If they make it, who will they face in the World Series? Can they beat them and win it all? REALITY: They'll face the San Francisco Giants.
My fantasy match-up is the Tigers against the Phillies. A real Rust Belt Series. The Phillies have an incredible lineup in batting and some strong pitching but for two years in a row they haven't been able to close the deal in the postseason. So the Tigers would have a chance. —Celeste Headlee
My dream World Series match-up is Detroit-Philadelphia, so I'll predict that. What the hell, I'll say Tigers win in six. —Jeff Wattrick
Phillies vs. Tigers in World Series. Phillies would be favored, but what the heck — let's take the Tigers in 7. —Devin Scillian
Last year Verlander won 24 games. How many over or under 24 will he win in 2012? Or will he tie last year? REALITY: Under at 17-8.
Justin Verlander had one of the greatest seasons in history for a pitcher. ... No, he does not equal or surpass 24-wins. I'll say 21 (team has too much offense for him not to be close to 20, but can Valverde really be perfect again?) and in the mix for another Cy Young Award. —Matt Shepard
Verlander wins 19, goes 19-11. —Alan Madlane
He will be under this year, I say two under last year. He will win 22 games only because the bullpen will blow a few. —John Bennett
Under by two (22). —Devin Scillian
He'll win 19; five under. —Craig Fahle
He'll tie. —jessica Care moore
Justin Verlander will win 29 games ... 1 for every year of his age. —Charlie Langton
How long will Cabrera last at third base? REALITY: All season.
Cabrera isn't a great third baseman, but I don't think he's the liability people think. He has a career .951 fielding percentage at third. The league average is .955. His range factor/9 is 2.55 and the league average is 2.70. I think those defensive numbers are sufficient to ensure a bona fide triple crown threat if he keeps his job at third for the entire season. —Jeff Wattrick
Until he botches a routine play that costs Verlander a victory. It would be easy to make a Happy Hour/Townsend Hotel joke here, but he's behaved himself so far, so let's cut him some slack. —Bill Shea
Jim Leyland is stubborn. Cabrera will play third base the whole season unless he gets hurt or unless Fielder gets hurt at first base, in which case Cabrera will play first base. —John Bennett
We'll put up with the shortcomings all year, except for late game defensive substitutions. It'll be worth it because he and Fielder are going to make it look like batting practice this year. —Devin Scillian
Not long. I predict he will blow it out there. —Celeste Headlee
He'll make it the full season. —Craig Fahle
Prince Fielder had 38 home runs last year. How many home runs over or under 38 will he score in 2012? Or will he tie last year. REALITY: 30 homers.
On paper, the Tigers' lineup is as potent as any in baseball, and Fielder should at least match his home run output. With Cabrera hitting in front of him, and Delmon Young after him, he could hit 40 or more homers for the first time since 2009. His career-high of 50 in 2007 is certainly possible. —Bill Shea
Personally, I'd like to see him hit at least 52 homers in the Old English D. Just to stick it to his old man. But I'll settle for 40. I think he's got a 40-home run season in him. —Jeff Wattrick
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