Detroit Tigers Season Preview: Are They Best Team in Baseball?

By Connor Muldowney
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 regular season starts tomorrow for the Detroit Tigers and this season is as hyped up as any in recent history. The Tigers are one of the best teams in the league both offensively and pitching-wise. Some may argue that they are, in fact, the best team in baseball.

This is a team that finished with just 89 wins last season and underachieved on many levels. The starting pitching was up and down, the batting was inconsistent and the fielding was just flat out terrible.

The Tigers were definitely a team with a lot to prove in the 2012 postseason and they did just that–for the most part.

They made it all the way to the World Series to face what seemed like a lesser team in the San Francisco Giants. However, the Giants proved exactly why they have won two world titles in the past three seasons, whooping on Detroit and sending them home with nothing less than a whimper.

Detroit fans are starting to wonder if they’ll ever come out on top in a World Series, making it twice under Jim Leyland, but getting spanked both times.

General manager Dave Dombrowski and owner Mike Illitch are eager to win a title and soon. They have invested millions of dollars on this team that, on paper, looks like the best team in the league.

This team has two former MVPs, including the reigning AL MVP in Miguel Cabrera, multiple Gold Glove winners, two Cy Young candidates and a slew of all-stars.

Is this team the best in the league? On paper, yes. In my opinion, yes. They are easily the best team in the AL Central, but time will tell if they can prove just how good they are.

Connor Muldowney is a College Football writer for Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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