The team that made the final out of 2012 is going to make the first out of 2013.
Miguel Cabrera made the final out of 2012 when he took strike three from Sergio Romo to end the World Series.
Someone on the Tigers will make the first out of 2013 as the Tigers visit Atlanta today for the exhibition opener.
There are three other big-league openers today, but they all take place in Arizona in the Cactus League and will start a few hours after the Tigers-Braves game.
If all goes according to the Tigers' plan, one of their pitchers will record the final out of 2013 -- the final out of the World Series.
But which Tigers pitcher?
The exhibition season is when the Tigers must decide if rookie Bruce Rondon will be their closer for at least the opening of the season. Beyond Rondon, they have other bullpen decisions to make.
It's superfluous to say these are "important" bullpen decisions. In the postseason, is there anything more important than bullpen depth?
Texas beat the Tigers in the championship series two years ago without a quality start. The Rangers' bullpen did a lot of work.
Drew Smyly is a candidate to start for the Tigers, but as a reliever he turned in a huge outing in last year's championship series: two scoreless innings in Yankee Stadium after the Yankees shocked the Tigers with the tying four-run ninth. Smyly got credit for the 12-inning win that started a four-game sweep.
Then there's what the San Francisco bullpen did in last year's World Series.
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Detroit Free Press | Feb 22