It’s early in the season still, but the Detroit Tigers have shown the potential to be a World Series favorite already. Detroit is a place where winning has been expected for the past six seasons, and Jim Leyland has turned it into something of a norm.
Miguel Cabrera was brought in to Detroit in 2008 in order to help bring a title to the city. After 197 home runs and close to 600 RBIs later, Cabrera has been close to helping Detroit achieve the feat twice, leading them to the playoffs in two consecutive seasons. He hopes to make it three straight this season and two straight Fall Classic appearances.
The Tigers have taken first place recently over the Cleveland Indians, something that has happened regularly in the past couple of seasons. Cleveland has had incredible starts to each of the past three seasons, only to eventually fizzle away into nothingness. The 2013 season will be no different as I believe Detroit will keep getting stronger while the rest of the AL Central slows.
With just two teams above the .500 mark, the division has seen better days. However, the Tigers aren’t just the best of the worst — they are a premium contender.
Cabrera has helped the Tigers become the top offensive team in all of baseball according to runs scored and batting average. That, coupled with the strong pitching from the Tigers’ rotation, could be the recipe for their first World Series victory since 1984.
I would be surprised if the Tigers lost their first-place position at any point for the remainder of the season. Three straight playoff appearances? I think so.