For over a month the Detroit Tigers have looked like they owned the American League Central division. Now as the Cleveland Indians are breathing down their necks they are looking very mortal indeed. Their next opponent is the on-the-move Tampa Bay Rays who are running down the leaders in the AL East on a daily basis. For the Tigers thin grasp on first place, this week could be the week they lose that grip.
For that to happen of course the Indians would have to get some good play against the New York Yankees. Basically these two series will be important four teams. The Rays will try to take down the Tigers while the Indians try to take down the Yankees. If that happens then not only will the Rays pass the Yanks but the Tigers will be out of first place in the AL Central. All four teams have something to play for and the Tigers seem to be the team with the most to lose.
For now I would predict the Rays take two of three but that is subject to change if certain members of the Tigers decide to put the team on their backs. That could be a pitcher like Anibal Sanchez or of course Miguel Cabrera as well. The Tigers have the talent and explosiveness to reel off five straight wins and distance themselves from the Indians a little bit. Of late that has been an on and off situation for them however and I can’t see them holding off the Rays for three straight either.