Is it possible for a team to almost lose to the Houston Astros in the first two games of a four game series and still be considered the best team in baseball? Yes, only if you destroy the worst team in baseball in the final two games of the series.
Detroit has won 10 of their last 12 games after starting the season with a rocky 9-9 record. This team looks like they are finally hitting their stride after winning their third straight series and averaging 7.4 runs while giving up just 2.5 runs in that span.
It may be too early to name this team the best team in baseball, however, they are surely the hottest. With the streak that they are on and the starting pitching and hitting that they are experiencing, the Tigers look unstoppable right now. Even though the Kansas City Royals are playing great to start the season, just a half-game back of the Tigers, Detroit seemingly has the talent to get hot and stay hot.
Each year, the Royals start the season competitively before fizzling out and ending up anywhere from third to fifth place in the Central Division.
Detroit is currently the home of the third best record in the American League by a half-game and the fourth best record in baseball, just one win back of the league leader.
It’s rare to see a team excelling in both pitching and offense, but the Tigers are doing just that. They are coming off a 17-run game and a nine-run game in the past two contests. In fact, Detroit is in the top 10 in every offensive and pitching category in the league. Try finding another team with stats like that.
Oh, and Jose Valverde is back closing games once again, while looking better than ever. Watch out baseball, this team is on fire.