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Opening day approaching

Not to lament too much, but I did hit the opening day rotation correctly, not that it was much of a surprise. The Tigers success, IMHO, hinges on 3 things (if you know me well I have this thing about 3s, rules of 3, top 3 anything, etc).

1. Success of 4-5 spot in rotation.
2. Success of the 2-3 spot in lineup
3. Fielding up the middle
#3 should actually be #1, #1 should be #2, and 3, well still 3rd, but good pitching always beats good hitting I always say, well so does everyone else. The bullpen almost made the list, but we where one bad call, or one hit, one out, one game, from making the playoffs, with the 2nd most blown saves in the league.  
Willis scares me the most.  He could have a breakdown, like real breakdown, tears and all, at any moment in my eyes. Bonderman is too injury prone, and likely to spend a couple of stints on DL in my opinion. IF Dontrelle can keep it together, and Bondo can well, keep the slapping the Bondo on, then maybe we can expect 15 wins between the two of them?
I am tepidly excited and optimistic this Friday before opening day.  
My season predictions will debut in the next few days, so stay tuned, or not, since not sure if anyone reads this, there is no hit counter. 
What happens if you blog, and nobody reads it? Does it make an impact?

Opening day rotation predictions? Anyone?

If there is anyone out there in cyberland reading me, please feel free to join me in my prediction crap-shoot.  I will start with my view on the rotation.  With 21 days left till opening day, I still reserve the right to change this at any time. Please comment with your predictions too, if you are actually reading this.

1. Justin Verlander
2. Rick Porcello
Ok, that was a no brainer.  
3. Scherzer
4. Bonderman
5. Willis
Not exactly a formidable 3,4,5, but Willis has looked like his old self, minus painful to watch leg kick and look to center field for inspiration windup, with good control, something he lacked wildly last year, pun REALLY intended. I am not happy with Scherzer’s mechanics, or so I have heard.  The couple of innings I watched of him vs the Mets on Saturday where impressive to say the least.
Robertson will be fine in the bullpen, and he may return to the rotation once Bonderman goes down hurt (I predict late April after having a 2-0 start, he will fumble through 2 blowouts then spend the rest of year on/off DL). So Nate, Galaraga, Perry, whose perfect spring was knocked over the fence 3 times on Saturday, although the message boards said he was working on a change-up, and Bonine to the bull pen? Seems to me someone is heading to Toledo.
Coke is a nice option, but I would rather have his solid arm in the bullpen to avenge our 24 blown saves opportunities of last year, 2nd worst only to Seattle, and 64% save percentage. Plus I foresee some 2nd half starts for him too to cover injuries.