Opening Day, 2017: Tigers at White Sox

***UPDATE*** The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 2:10

Well, actual opening day is likely to be some other day, seeing as the forecast for game time currently shows and 81% chance of rain. But we can still enjoy the idea of Opening Day today, right?

2017 Detroit Tigers Roster

C James McCann
C Alex Avila

1B Miguel Cabrera
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Nick Castellanos
SS Jose Iglesias
IF Dixon Machado
IF Andrew Romine

LF Justin Upton
CF JaCoby Jones
RF Mikie Mahtook
OF Tyler Collins

DH Victor Martinez

SP Justin Verlander
SP Jordan Zimmermann
SP Michael Fulmer
SP Daniel Norris
SP Matt Boyd

RP Anibal Sanchez
RP Francisco Rodriguez
RP Shane Greene
RP Bruce Rondon
RP Kyle Ryan
RP Justin Wilson
RP Alex Wilson

On the 40-Man Roster:
RF JD Martinez (10-day DL)
C John Hicks
P Sandy Baez
P Chad Bell
P Drew Verhagen
P Daniel Stumpf
P Warwick Saupold
P Jairo Labourt
P Buck Farmer
P Blaine Hardy
P Myles Jaye
P Victor Alcantara

Whether this is or isn’t a well-constructed roster, it certainly is a well-paid one. The Tigers have surpassed the Yankees and are now the highest paid team in the American League, surpassed only by the Dodgers in MLB. The new collective bargaining agreement adds a little salt on top, as the Tigers are over the 195 million salary threshold by almost $4 million as it stands, and will have to pay a 30% luxury tax on every dollar they spend over $195 million.

Here is a roster summary that also highlights some non-roster prospects worth paying attention to. I personally think it will be interesting to see how Anthony Gose does trying his hand at pitching, of all things. Apparently he threw 97 in high school (who knew?) and has already had one impressive bullpen session. And he shouldn’t be afraid to throw high and tight: with his speed he can get off the mound and out of reach in a hurry.

Opening Day Undefeated Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Mikie Mahtook, RF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. JaCoby Jones, CF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Justin Verlander, P

If this game gets off the ground, expect Mikie Mahtook to be quite a battler—he already took on my spellcheck hard a few times today.