Things are going great for the Detroit Tigers right now.
They own a seven-game lead in the division over the Cleveland Indians, who the Tigers just swept in their home ballpark with only three left to play between the two. So why is there a worry? I regret to inform Tigers fans that the worry may be coming from inside the house.
The Kansas City Royals are just not losing. Their run has gone completely unnoticed due to the Tigers matching them win for win, but the Royals sit seven games over .500 through 115 games and are staring at 11 matchups left with the Tigers, including a pivotal five-game set in Detroit this weekend.
Yes, I said five. The Royals have won on the road, they have beat solid teams at home and have given the Tigers absolute fits in their previous matchups this season. Now is not the time for the Tigers to feel completely safe.
Tigers fans remember 2006, and they remember that the hardest road possible to the postseason is likely what the Tigers are going to want to do. It’s silly to think that a cakewalk is in the team’s future, since the only cake Tigers fans are used to eating is the one at midnight while crying alone after watching yet another Jose Valverde blown save in the 13th inning.
Nothing about the Detroit Tigers is easy. Don’t let their recent play fool you; there is still plenty of time left, and the last thing they should be is complacent.
Brent Smith is a Detroit Tigers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @brentweets or add him to your network on Google