Welcome to the Detroit Tigers‘ 2022 season! Spring is here, baseball is back, and Spencer Torkelson is in the Opening Day lineup.

Well, with every season of hope comes terrifying concerns that all Tigers fans are all too accustomed to with any competitive team over the past several competitive cycles.

Let’s be completely honest: the Detroit Tigers’ pitching is horrifically understaffed. Right now, three major pieces are starting the season on the IL

That means that two unproven youngsters and two veterans with rocky resumes will be taking the reigns on roster spots.

This is confusing, given the willingness to immediately fill the hole left by Riley Greene’s absence.

The pitching concerns are everywhere this season for the Tigers. Not only is the bullpen going to be almost fully reliant on Gregory Soto and Michael Fulmer in high leverage situations

Although the potential is there for Manning, Detroit needs to trust that he will take the next step forward and be the player we all hope he can be.

However, will he be able to limit the walks and keep pitch counts low enough to stretch into the 5th and 6th innings of games