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Rick Porcello is the Tigers’ fifth starter

Mar 26, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Most spring training was littered with Rick Porcello trade rumors. Porcello himself apparently tuned them out because all he did was pitch really well and make the Tigers’ rotation:


He won the spot over left-hander Drew Smyly, who will pitch out of the bullpen to start the season. This always seemed to make more sense to me — or at least to have Smyly start in Toledo — than to trade Porcello now. The Tigers are the division favorites and everyone thinks their rotation is more or less OK because it’s spring and that’s what people think in spring. If Detroit has holes to fill as the season goes on they’ll find many more desperate-for-pitching teams with which to deal and will have a better plan from which to proceed.

  1. El Bravo - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Verlander should just pitch every third or fourth day. He can handle it.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Nice try.

  2. coryfor3 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Smyly for my team please.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    There are worse fifth starters. He’s one of those guys who could be one pitch away. Something to throw off lefty hitters.

    • detroitr1 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      He dropped his slider and went to a curve ball. That has made a huge difference. He is also more aggressive on lefties with an inside fastball.

  4. Detroit Michael - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Might be smarter to send Smyly to AAA to keep him working as a starter and conserve service time. The Tigers will have a decent reliever — Downs or Alburquerque — start the season in AAA to make room for Smyly in the bullpen.

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