Wednesday, February 21

A winning record in 2022?

Nearly half of MLB’s teams opened their seasons on Thursday — despite games in Minneapolis and New York getting postponed — but the Detroit Tigers had to wait until Friday for their Opening Day. The weather forecast calls for a cool, cloudy day at Comerica Park as the Chicago White Sox come to town.

How can Tigers fans stay warm at the park? Perhaps they can check out our answers to five burning questions as the Tigers go into the season thinking playoffs for the first time in half a decade.

The pundits are equally chilly on the Tigers’ chances of a winning season, with Fangraphs putting them at 76-86, Baseball Prospectus projecting an even-worse 70-92 record and USA TODAY’s pundits weighing in at 80-82 (before the Austin Meadows deal).

Tigers manager AJ Hinch hits to the infield during practice April 7, 2022 at Comerica Park.

MITCH ALBOM:It’s Opening Day and time to love the Tigers again

CARLOS MONARREZ:Thank Chris Ilitch for this newfound Tigers optimism

BEHIND THE PLATE:Barnhart’s ‘Screw you’ attitude could be just what Tigers need

Our writers are more optimistic, however. (Yes, even Carlos.) Free Press sports writers Mitch Albom, Ryan Ford, Carlos Monarrez, Evan Petzold, Jeff Seidel and Shawn Windsor all took their swings at the big issues facing the franchise in 2022. Will they whiff, like so many Javier Baez at-bats, or connect for a deep one, like so many Miguel Cabrera at-bats (502 times through last season). Read on and find out:

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