Call me crazy, but, it feels like the Tigers are going to win the Central Division. I don’t see the Twins coming on strong the last 40+ games to capture the lead like the normally do. The Sox kind of stink like dirty laundry and there is no way KC will do anything, either. It also doesn’t feel like the Indians will gain ground on our Boys of Summer, as well.
Don’t believe me? Well we will see how the rest of the season my go as the Tigers enter a three game crucial series against second place Cleveland. The Tigers could widen their 4 game lead in the Central or they could buckle and let their lead slip. I am thinking that the Tigers will win the series 2 games to 1. This would help the Tigers because, obviously it will widen their lead by a game, but it would also lessen the naysayers who think the Tigers will do their late season choking.
The Tigers aren’t set up to choke this year. They should have the Cy Young winner in Verlander, which is their ace in the whole, but I have also seen good signs from other areas, too. The bullpen was great during the KC series, and our hitting has remained stable, despite a few players slumping at the moment. Most importantly, this team is not complacent. Recent shakeups going through the trade deadline have proven to the players and fans that management will not settle for anything less than winning. This has had a positive aspect on the team because it seems to have sent a message to everyone. It’s not like this has created fear and an uprising, but, rather has served to help get everyone on the same page in a professional manner. It feels like the Tigers strengthened, shifted gears and all want to sacrifice for the greater good: to win.
The Tigers also have good starting pitching. Verlander, Sherzer and Porcello all can win. Those three alone could win three games in a series, helping the team get deeper into a series and possibly win. We have Avila, is still hitting in the mid .280’s and getting on base. This helps strengthen the lower part of the order. Victor Martinez is another key we did not posses in the past. His above .300 average, HR power, and excellent 2 strike hitting help our big gun, Cabrera, fulfill his destiny as a legendary Tigers slugger.
The Tigers have many things going for them down the stretch, as I have stated. But mostly, to me, it FEELS like a great summer to enjoy baseball and watch the Tigers make the playoffs.