BY CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Staff Reporter
It’s finally April in the D! The Tigers begin their season this Thursday, the Pistons are back to a bit of their winning ways, and the Red Wings are trying to close their season out on a positive note heading into the playoffs.
Detroit Tigers: The Detroit Tigers are wrapping up their best Spring Training in quite some time. They had the best record of all teams, and it’s not even over yet. They still have one more game against the Toronto Blue Jays, today at 12:05 p.m. in Dunedin. The Tigers’ Opening Day Lineup is pretty much set, other than the starting second baseman.
The proposed starting lineup:
1) Austin Jackson- CF.
2) Brennan Boesch- RF.
3) Miguel Cabrera- 3B.
4) Prince Fielder- 1B.
5) Delmon Young- DH.
6) Jhonny Peralta- SS.
7) Alex Avila- C.
8) Andy Dirks- LF.
9) Brandon Inge/Ryan Raburn- 2B.
On the bench:
Gerald Laird- C,
Ramon Santiago- INF,
Don Kelly- INF/OF.
The pitching staff looks something like this:
1) Justin Verlander.
2) Doug Fister.
3) Max Scherzer.
4) Rick Porcello.
5) Drew Smyly.
The Tigers are predicted to win the American League Central Division by a longshot this year, and could be poised to make a deep run in the postseason. Opening Day is this Thursday, April 5 at 1:05pm. Verlander will make his first start against the Boston Red Sox, who counter with Jon Lester. Gates open at 10:30 p.m., one hour before regular gates, so be sure to head downtown, check out the parties, and have some fun. Go Tigers!
Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings took hold of fourth place in the Western Conference with three games remaining in the season. Surprised eh? It doesn’t seem like the NHL regular season should end, but it is about to. Two of the final three games will come at home. The Wings finally got back to their winning ways against the Florida Panthers this past Sunday with a 2-1 shootout win.
Some questioned how they almost lost to the Panthers. The Panthers are actually third in the Eastern Conference right now, and playing some really good hockey. Before that, the Wings lost to both the Nashville Predators and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 2-1 loss to the Jackets came two nights after they destroyed them at the Joe, 7-2. Two days later they travelled to Nashville to take the Predators on in a crucial game.
Unfortunately, they didn’t seem to be up to the challenge, and fell 4-1. Their final upcoming games include an evening affair with the division winner St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in St. Louis. The final two games will be at home. If you’re looking to party on Thursday, why not go to the Red Wings game after Opening Day? Well, you can–the Red Wings play the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. at the Joe, so be sure to catch that game.
The final game of the regular season is against the Chicago Blackhawks, as usual, but this time at home on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. As the Red Wings wind their season down, they will look for another long, healthy run for the Stanley Cup. Go Wings!
Detroit Pistons: The Pistons have a handful of games remaining and won’t make the NBA playoffs. They won three of their past four games and will hopefully make the final games of the season something positive. They beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 87-75 this past Wednesday, but fell to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, 83-71. They did get back on track on Saturday though, with a 110-107 victory in overtime.
The Pistons’ upcoming games include two home games and then four on the road. They will play Orlando at home tonight at 7:30 p.m. Then, if you would rather watch the Pistons after Opening Day, you can do that instead of the Red Wings. They play at 7:30 p.m. against the Washington Wizards at the Palace of Auburn Hills. As the Pistons wrap up their season, hopefully they will be looking to the offseason and next year on a positive note. Go Pistons!