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It's time for the Bold Predictions Thread. This is not a thread where you talk about maybes, could bes, upsides and statistical projections and then take credit for it later when the player succeeds/fails. This is where you put your prediction on the line for everyone to see. If you think Nick Castellanos is going to OPS .900, say it. If you think Hernan Perez is going to be the all-star shortstop, say it. If you think Anthony Gose is going to be the next Carlos Gomez, say it. If you think Justin Verlander is going to win another Cy Young, say it.

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I'll do this.

Good:

Miggy seriously threatens for the triple crown.

Simon wins 15 games.

JD Martinez hits 30 hrs and drives in 100.

Bad:

Iglesias hits below .250

Soria struggles

Good, but not so bold:

Cespedes 25 hr

JV 3.25 ERA

Price 20 wins

Bad, not so bold:

Rajai struggles

Hardy ineffective

Tigers hit 95 wins.

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Good:

Cespedes hits like he did in his rookie year and puts up a .860 OPS

JD Martinez follows up with a great year hitting 30 home runs and batting close to .300.

Castellanos raises his OPS to .800.

Soria has a solid season as the closer

Bad:

Greene is a disappointment and has to be replaced in the rotation in the second half.

Chamberlain fails miserably.

Nathan goes north, but is cut in May.

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JD 25 HR and a .925 OPS

Victor slips a little with 23 HR, 100 RBI, and a .880 OPS

Miggy returns to MVP form with 35 HR, 135 RBI, .325 BA, and a .990 OPS

Cespedes OPS's .850 with 25 + HR

Nick C goes .285/.325/.495 and is the 5th Tiger to top 20 HR with 21

JV has a nice bounce back season to win 18 games with an ERA in the low 3.00's and a return to his 9 + K/9 rate

David Price wins the Cy Young, with 21 wins, a 2.50 ERA, leads the majors in K's, and inks a reasonable contract extension with the Tigers.

Greene and Simon are respectable and consistent in the 4-5 starters spots.

The BP still has it's struggles early, but pulls it together in June. Soria finishes strong as the closer.

Tigers finish first in the Central with 98 wins, beat the Blue Jays in the ALCS, and sweep the Nationals in the WS. Book it.

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Bad:

Iglesias on DL by June 1 and is out for the season

Cespedes gets less than 300 abs due to injuries

Good:

Tyler Collins becomes a regular in the OF and does an admirable job

Sanchez leads the team in victories with nearly 20

McCann becomes #1 catcher by June 1

Hernan steps up and becomes 1st string SS and hits nearly .300

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Greene wins 17 games

Nathan doesnt make it out of ST

Simon gets DFAd before the ASB

Joba doesnt make it to Memorial day

Castellanos hits 20 HR and hits .280+

Mccann takes Avila's job

Gose becomes the leadoff hitter this team has been desperate for

Anibal finishes year with ERA under 2.5

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Before Opening Day, David Price will sign a contract extension and Joe Nathan will receive a pink slip.

Justin Verlander cancels out the rumors of his imminent demise with an all star season.

The Tigers fight off the revamped White Sox for a fifth division title by two games.

Division winners are Detroit, Boston, and Seattle in the AL with Washington, St. Louis, and Los Angeles in the NL. Wildcard matchups are Chicago and Toronto in the AL, San Diego and Miami in the NL.

Verlander outlasts Scherzer in game 7 of the World Series, and there will be joy in Motown.

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VMart - 13 HR, 90 RBI, .795 OPS

Miggy - 30 HR, 115 RBI, .950 OPS

JDMart - 18 HR, 70 RBI, .770 OPS

Cespedes - 20 HR, 75 RBI, .790 OPS

Nick C. - 15 HR 70 RBI, .735 OPS

Kinsler - 14 HR 72 RBI, .730 OPS

D. Price - 18 W, 250 K, 40 BB, 1.150 WHIP

JV - 15 W, 180 K, 75 BB, 1.250 WHIP

A. Sanchez - 13 W, 95 K, 45 BB, 1.215 WHIP

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Verlander returns to form, say 225IP with a FIP around 3.25.

Castellanos leads the division in doubles.

Avila doesn't get a concussion this year.

Greene and Simon show us what back end starters are again: between them, they post 400IP with a FIP of 4.25, give or take.

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Joe Nathan will be off the team by June 1st. I guess that may not be bold.

Castellanos will hit .290 this year.

Iglesias will be on the all star team.

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Joe Nathan - Fireman of the Year. No blown saves.

Ian Kinsler - 20 HRs

Anthony Gose - 50 steals

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Joe Nathan - Fireman of the Year. No blown saves.

I love spring training optimism.

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I'll do a couple more.

All 5 starters have an ERA under 4 and don't miss more than 10 starts combined.

In honor of he whom started this thread, Gose hits .280/.350/.390 with 500 PAs.

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I'll do a couple more.

All 5 starters have an ERA under 4 and don't miss more than 10 starts combined.

In honor of he whom started this thread, Gose hits .280/.350/.390 with 500 PAs.

I hope you are right. With his speed and supposed defense, he'll be a star if he does that.

I'm excited enough about the Tigers improved defense this year that I don't care how much Gose and Iglesias hit. If they can provide just a little offense, I'll be really happy.

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The Good

--The Tigers have the best record in the AL

--Gose becomes Kenny Lofton 2.0; wins a GG, steals 60 bases and scores 110 runs.

--JV flirts with 1.00 WHIP all year

--Kyle Ryan does a great Smyly impersonation in the BP

--JD hits just like he did last season

--McCann pushes Avila for the starting spot all year.

--Daniel Fields doesn't go to Toledo for long because he continues to hit and stay healthy, becomes starting LF

--Simon is shifted to the BP out of necessity, not because of performance

The Bad

--Cespedes has nagging injuries all year and is traded at the deadline for pitching

--Cabrera is also banged up all year and puts up only slightly better numbers than last year in fewer ABs.

--Price can't get his new curve down by the regular season and has a mortal first half of the year.

--Al Al's elbow is as tender as a Morton's Prime Rib most of the season

--Davis declines this year, but not to the point of being useless.

--Moya continues to struggle with his patience at the plate.

The Ugly

--Simon get arrested at some point in the year.

--Victor misses time for testing positive for PEDs

--Joe Nathan is released before the AS break and he makes a huge mess on his way out of town.

--Ausmus gets into a twitter fight with "Anonymous" over who to bat 2nd and Gene Lamont has to coach the Tigers during his resulting 10-game suspension.

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The Good

--The Tigers have the best record in the AL

--Gose becomes Kenny Lofton 2.0; wins a GG, steals 60 bases and scores 110 runs.

--JV flirts with 1.00 WHIP all year

--Kyle Ryan does a great Smyly impersonation in the BP

--JD hits just like he did last season

--McCann pushes Avila for the starting spot all year.

--Daniel Fields doesn't go to Toledo for long because he continues to hit and stay healthy, becomes starting LF

--Simon is shifted to the BP out of necessity, not because of performance

The Bad

--Cespedes has nagging injuries all year and is traded at the deadline for pitching

--Cabrera is also banged up all year and puts up only slightly better numbers than last year in fewer ABs.

--Price can't get his new curve down by the regular season and has a mortal first half of the year.

--Al Al's elbow is as tender as a Morton's Prime Rib most of the season

--Davis declines this year, but not to the point of being useless.

--Moya continues to struggle with his patience at the plate.

The Ugly

--Simon get arrested at some point in the year.

--Victor misses time for testing positive for PEDs

--Joe Nathan is released before the AS break and he makes a huge mess on his way out of town.

--Ausmus gets into a twitter fight with "Anonymous" over who to bat 2nd and Gene Lamont has to coach the Tigers during his resulting 10-game suspension.

I don't see how the good is possible with all that bad.

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It's hard to blow saves when you are not on the roster!

I hope Nathan can pull it together. It's no secret the Tigers need the bullpen help. I just think he's done. The lack of velocity from a couple of games ago worries me. Hopefully it's nothing. I just have my doubts.

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Nathan is released after blowing saves in three straight games against the Twins in mid-May. Alex Wilson moves into the closer's role on a permanent guaranteed basis and dominates the league.

The Twins sign Nathan the next day, he takes over for an injured Glen Perkins and proceeds to go 30-for-30 the rest of the way, including saving all three game against us on the last weekend of the season. ESPN makes a new documentary about him. Torii Hunter saves each game with diving catches in right field. We lose the division to the Twins by one game.

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I hope you are right. With his speed and supposed defense, he'll be a star if he does that.

I'm excited enough about the Tigers improved defense this year that I don't care how much Gose and Iglesias hit. If they can provide just a little offense, I'll be really happy.

I'll be happy with them if they don't really hit too. I think it's possible Iglesias might have a .300 OBP with limited power, but if he's as good as advertised on defense, I'll still take it.

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