Country Strong Tigers takes a look into the possible milestones that might occur in the 2012 season for your Detroit Tigers pitchers.
Al Alburquerque: He’s 33 strikeouts away from reaching the 100 plateau. If he stays healthy in 2012, I like his chances of reaching this milestone.
Joaquin Benoit: Between starting and relieving and even missing a season, Benoit is 24 strikeouts away from reaching the 700 strikeouts plateau.
Phil Coke: Phil will be going onto his 5th MLB season in 2012. He’s 15 strikeouts shy of the 200 strikeouts plateau.
Octavio Dotel: Journeyman Dotel is entering his 14th season as a major leaguer. Dotel could surpass 3 milestones in 2012. One is 700 games played, 1,000 innings pitched and 1,100 strikeouts.
Doug Fister: Fister has 3 milestones he could reach in 2012 as well. 100 games started, 500 innings pitched and 300 strikeouts.
Andrew Oliver: Depending on wether he starts any games this year or not, he could archive his 1st major league victory.
Rick Porcello: The 24 year old right hander is 12 wins away from 50, 11 games started away from 100 and 23 strikeouts away from 300.
Max Scherzer: Entering his 5th season, Max is 14 wins away from 50, 183 innings pitched away from 800 and he’s just 2 strikeouts away from 600, so that’ll be easy. A more lofty goal would be 202 strikeouts, which would put him at 800 strikeouts.
Daniel Schlereth: Going into his 4th season, Daniel is 12 games played away from 100, 14 innings pitched away from 100 and 15 strikeouts away from 100. So, it could be the year of the 100’s for Schlereth.
Jacob Turner: If, and when, he starts for the Tigers this year, he’s on tap to pick up his first major league win.
Jose Valverde: Papa Grande is 58 saves away from save #300. I wouldn’t expect him to save 58 this season but, if he does he’ll be tied for the #22 spot on the All-Time saves list with Jason Isringhausen and Bruce Sutter.
Justin Verlander: JV entering his 8 season already (which is hard to believe) is 1 start away from 200, 185 innings pitched away from 1,500 and he’s 285 strikeouts away from 1,500 for his career. 285 strikeouts is a lot, but I wouldn’t put it past JV coming off a MVP/Cy Young year in 2011.
Adam Wilk: If he even pitches for the Tigers this season, he could collect his 1st career win.
Drew Smyly: Another one of those guys who could possibly start the season off as the Tigers 5th starter, Smyly could achieve his 1st career win in 2012.
*Hitters are up next*