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Chances to stick: Good. I was in the minority in picking them to win their division, but I do not think they are going anywhere just yet. They could get bad in a few years, but they still have plenty of prime firepower right now.
Overreaction: Joe Nathan got the save, so everything's OK!
Most of the spring injuries have progressed nicely (not all, though, as Justin Verlander will start on the DL), so I'm comfortable with having them at the top of the AL Central again.
Yes, they're still a playoff-caliber team and no, I'm not worried about Miguel Cabrera or Victor Martinez (so long as that means I'm expecting Martinez to be good but not 2014 good).
They're dangerous. Yes, it's possible they could be beaten by the Orioles -- maybe even swept -- but it's also possible the Tigers win the World Series. They have enough talent.
Justin Verlander only allowed one earned run in 7.1 innings last time out. He only struck out four while inducing 14 grounders. Maybe this is the beginning of him reinventing himself as he loses velocity?
Entering the playoffs last season, their Nos. 3 and 4 hitters were hobbled and powerless Miguel Cabrera and completely lost Prince Fielder. This time around, Miggy is hot and Victor Martinez is one of the best hitters in baseball.
Perspective: They were three games worse (77-68) at this point in the 2012 season and still went to the World Series. Sure, the competition this time around is stronger, but it doesn't hurt to remind ourselves this team can still be a major threat.
Record by month, June through August: 14-13, 13-13 and 16-15, respectively. It's been a while since they were tough for a prolonged stretch. All of a sudden, though, they've won eight of their last 11. Are they getting things back under control?
Ten of their final 13 games come against the Twins and White Sox. The other three? The Royals. It would be pretty foolish to overlook this group, though the Anibal Sanchez news is a big blow.
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2015 Team Leaders
AVGJose Iglesias , SS.481
HRJ.D. Martinez , RF4
RBIMiguel Cabrera , 1B9
OBPJose Iglesias , SS.533
SLGMiguel Cabrera , 1B.676
RIan Kinsler , 2B11
SBJose Iglesias , SS4
WAlfredo Simon , SP2
ERAShane Greene , SP0.00
WHIPShane Greene , SP0.50
KAnibal Sanchez , SP15
SVJoakim Soria , RP4
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