It has been an eventful year to say the least for the Detroit Tigers and it all paid for the team in a big way Monday night as the team clinched the American League Central division title.
The Tigers got a big game from Miguel “Miggy” Cabrera who went 4-for-5 in the team’s 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City. The player they call Miggy collected his 200th hit of the season, added his 44th home run and raised his to .329 to stay four points ahead of stout Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout.
Cabrera is now leading in all triple crown categories. If he holds on in these last two games of the season he will be the first MLB player to do it since Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox did it in 1967. Let the MVP debate between Trout and Cabrera begin!
Detroit took the long and tough road to their second consecutive playoff berth. It was the first time the team had done it in 77 years, which is a testament to the organization and the players getting the job done.
The Tigers were heavily favored going into the season to win their division, especially after the playoff run the team had last season and the signing of one Prince Fielder.
It was not as easy as it should have been, but Detroit proved to be more battle tested and experienced than the team they outlasted to win the division crown the Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers are not content with just making to the party though, they were built to go through the full month of October. Owner Mike Illitch and General Manager/Team President Dave Dombrowski put this team together to go the distance.
Only time will tell if Detroit can make the next step after losing in last year’s American League Championship Series (ALCS).