There can be no doubt now that the Detroit Tigers have put the best team on the field in the American League Central division and they are one of the best teams in all of Major League Baseball. They have good to great pitching and a thick offensive attack as well. Their division lead doesn’t seem to be willing to shrink at any specific time and there are no signs they will fall apart down the stretch. They are one of the best for sure, just like last year. Last year they fell shot in the postseason. Will the same thing happen in the 2013 MLB Postseason?
Their offensive attack is as solid as or even possibly more so than it was a year ago. They seem to be a little more consistent and as long as they get Prince Fielder and big bopper Miguel Cabrera the rest they need to be healthy in October, the bats should be fine. Of course everyone knows that the offensive attack is not the main thing during the postseason. That takes a back seat to the pitching staffs. It always does and it will again this season.
Starting staffs don’t get a lot better than that of the Tigers as long as Justin Verlander gets and stays back on track. Max Scherzer has more than proven himself the ace of the staff this year and Anibal Sanchez has been a standout as well. That takes care of two of the three major areas where problems can cause series losses. The other one is the bullpen. Oops, forgot about them.
The Tigers still have the 22nd best bullpen in MLB which is not good. Most of their postseason buddies will be higher than that. The potential good news there is that they have made quite a lot of changes recently that should strengthen the ‘pen. They have a closer that appears to be good enough to take care of things for now. Whether he or recently acquired Jose Veras will be strong enough to take the load during the postseason is something we will just have to wait and see on once again. I personally think they will be okay but might still not have enough to win it all.