6. Justin Verlander will win at least 15 games
Justin Verlander battled through a triceps injury the first two months of last season, and was just finding his groove a little too late to save the Tigers season (5-5, 2.27 ERA over his final 14 starts). With regards to last year, said Verlander via Katie Stang of ESPN.com,
“I don’t want to say it was night and day from last year—we talked about it last year in spring training and I felt pretty good—but obviously I ran into an injury in the spring. But, right now it feels the best I can remember in a long time.”
Verlander had a strong spring and most importantly, a healthy Verlander points to the ace pitching like an ace again. The Detroit Tigers will be a force if he’s back to being the Verlander of old. With free agent addition Jordan Zimmermann joining the rotation, Verlander and company could be set to contend.