The big lineup speculation will be more about where than who, as manager Brad Ausmus decides whether Upton could be most effective batting in front of Miguel Cabrera (and presumably seeing more strikes as a result, as pitchers try to avoid putting runners on base for Cabrera) or if Upton fits better batting further down and extending the run production part of the order. That decision will impact Ian Kinsler, who will bat leadoff or second, and could open a spot for somebody else up top.
On the pitching side, Ausmus has to decide whether to use Wilson and Lowe in traditional seventh- and eighth-inning roles or to mix and match according to left- and right-handed hitters due up.
1. Justin Verlander: 5-8, 3.38 ERA, 20 starts
2. Jordan Zimmermann: 13-10, 3.66 ERA, 33 starts (with the Nationals)
3. Anibal Sanchez: 10-10, 4.99 ERA, 25 starts
4. Mike Pelfrey: 6-11, 4.26 ERA, 30 starts (with the Twins)
5. Daniel Norris: 3-2, 3.75 ERA, 13 starts (with the Blue Jays and Tigers)
Projected bullpen (with 2015 statistics)
Closer Francisco Rodriguez: 38/40 saves, 2.21 ERA (with the Brewers)
RH setup man Mark Lowe: 1.96 ERA, 17 holds (with the Mariners and Blue Jays)
LH setup man Justin Wilson: 3.10 ERA, 29 holds (with the Yankees)
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