Edson: Tigers Are 1,000 to 1 Shot To Win World Series

It’s time to get to those questions from readers as we start 2020.

Q: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in a month. Any idea what Las Vegas oddsmakers think about the Detroit Tigers chances of winning the World Series?

A: Yes, Vegas has weighed in and the chances are pretty much zero. Between fielding a regular lineup that is barely above the Triple-A level and counting on veteran pitcher Jordan Zimmerman (1-13) as one of your aces, Vegas pegs the Tigers’ chances of winning the World Series as 1,000 to 1. On a brighter note, the Tigers are “only” 500 to 1 to win the American League pennant.

Q: Should the Detroit Pistons trade pending free agent Andre Drummond? He’s one of the better centers in the NBA.

A: At first, I thought the Pistons should keep him, sign him to a max contract and build around he and Blake Griffin. Griffin looks like he’s done for the year with a knee injury, so that pretty much eliminates the Pistons from playoff contention. So now I think they should trade Drummond. The big question is: Can they get much value for a player who will only be a four-month rental for another NBA team? We’ll see.

Q: Which NFL teams do you think will win their conference championships next week and advance to the Super Bowl?

A: I like the home teams – San Francisco and Kansas City. But I’ll actually be pulling for Green Bay and Tennessee. It’s lining up to be a red & white (team colors) Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in Miami.

Q: If you were general manager of the Detroit Lions, who would you take with the third pick in the NFL draft?

A: I would leverage the third round pick and trade back no more than 3-4 spots. That way, the Lions could still get an impact player and pick up an extra draft pick.

Q: What do you think of both Michigan and Michigan State’s basketball teams losing on the road Sunday?

A: Winning on the road in the Big Ten is always tough. But this year it’s even tougher because the teams are so even around the league. There are a lot of very good – but not great – teams in the Big Ten and the NCAA overall. The good news is that come March Madness, when both the Spartans and Wolverines always seem to peak – the road is wide open for them to win a national title.

Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.