Detroit Tigers

Stadium: Comerica Park | Manager: Brad
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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.
The impact of losing Austin Jackson's defense in center field is very real. That's not solely to blame for the club's struggles, of course, but it matters.
Regarding bullpen help, how many phone calls away are they from Carlos Marmol? Like three? A maximum of five? I'm only half-kidding. I think.
Fascinating discussion: In a seven-game series, they'll name four starters and one of the rotation members goes to the bullpen. What if they decided Max Scherzer, David Price, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello are their top four? In this case, what if they made Justin Verlander a closer for the playoffs? It's not going to happen -- they'll probably bump Porcello -- but I'm a bit giddy thinking about JV coming out for the ninth and throwing 100 (if he still can). That would be so much fun.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGVictor Martinez , DH.335
HRVictor Martinez , DH32
RBIMiguel Cabrera , 1B109
OBPVictor Martinez , DH.409
SLGVictor Martinez , DH.565
RMiguel Cabrera , 1B101
SBRajai Davis , LF36
WMax Scherzer , SP18
ERAMax Scherzer , SP3.15
WHIPDavid Price , SP1.08
KDavid Price , SP271
SVJoe Nathan , RP35
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