5 Detroit Tigers Who Need To Be Better In October

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5 Detroit Tigers Who Need To Be Better In October

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There are a few certainties the Detroit Tigers can count on as they have all season when the calendar moves into the MLB Postseason, but a few who used to be certainties are now pretty big question marks. While no one needs to spend their time worrying about Miguel Cabrera or Max Scherzer, there are quite a few players who have either underachieved this season or have found themselves struggling down the stretch.

Once the postseason starts, everyone gets a clean slate and that could be useful for the players listed in this article. You can manage to work around a few players slumping at any given time, but in the playoffs, there is just no time to go into a 3-to-5 game slump because by the time it's over, your season is over. The Tigers absolutely need all of their players if they are going to be a real threat at winning the World Series.

This is the crucial point in a team's season, and it is more than a little troubling that the Tigers sit with so many players who are underperforming or struggling in the final months, but looking at it from another angle, you could say how impressive it is that the Tigers are heading into the playoffs in spite of having so many struggles. Either way you look at it, things need to improve and quickly for the Tigers to get themselves that ring owner Mike Ilitch deserves.

So here are the five Detroit Tigers who need to step up their game in October to give the Tigers the chance at finally navigating their way through the entirety of the postseason. These are not the only five, but these are by far the biggest five Tigers who the team will rely on to be better and assist the consistent performers on this ball club.

Brent Smith is a Detroit Tigers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @brentweets or add him to your network on Google

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5. Austin Jackson

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It's not that Austin Jackson has been bad, because he hasn't, it's just that Jackson has the capability to be a .300 hitter, and when he is reaching his optimum level, he can start the fire of a Tigers offense that has been silent for a long time now. If he is clicking, the Tigers offense is hard to stop.

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4. Alex Avila

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Alex Avila has seen a slight turn for the better in his play and it would really help the Tigers to have him continue that play. Avila works the best with the pitchers and is the best defensive catcher on the roster, but his offense has been a step behind Brayan Pena all season. Avila has the talent to be the best offensive catcher and the Tigers need him to be that in October.

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3. Drew Smyly

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Drew Smyly was one of the biggest Tigers assets in the first half of the season, but the past two months have been rough for Smyly who is not the shutdown lefty he had been. The Tigers really have no other viable left-handed options in the bullpen, so it is going to be critical the old Drew Smyly returns.

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2. Justin Verlander

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Everyone knew Justin Verlander was going to be on this list. The Tigers unloaded the money truck for Verlander in the offseason and up until now, it has not paid off. If Verlander can be the ace he was in October, all will be forgiven.

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1. Prince Fielder

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Again like Jackson, it's not that Prince Fielder has been horrible, but you expect more out of the $200 million man. The odds that Cabrera gets intentionally walked several times this postseason are very high, and it's going to be up to Fielder to drive those runs in at a high success rate to make teams pay. Prince Fielder is going to be the most important Tiger in October.

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