ALCS 2013: 5 Reasons Why Detroit Tigers Are In Deep Trouble

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5 Reasons Why The Detroit Tigers Are In Deep Trouble

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The Detroit Tigers have the starting rotation to not only win a championship, but win several championships. Sadly, that starting pitching is alone on an island right now as they have to carry the entire weight of the slacking offense and bullpen. Think of it like a butter face, only a butter-everything except the starting rotation. The Tigers look really good and sexy on paper but when the game actually begins, you start to notice the ugly features.

It's hard to imagine the Tigers finding themselves in this position given how amazing their rotation has been, but unless something changes radically in the next few days, the Tigers will once again be on their couches wondering where it all went wrong. It is hard to really point to one individual thing, so I came up with five reasons why the Tigers find themselves in the position they are in.

This list is not all inclusive, meaning that there are other issues than just the five, but these are the biggest reasons why the Tigers are in deep trouble. Sure, I could list Jim Leyland but at some point, you have to blame the team for the recent performances and efforts. No manager could survive the type of ineptitude and struggle some of these players have put their team through. Jim Leyland certainly doesn't help the cause though with his confusing use of his players, but at some point these multi-millionaire players need to say enough is enough and contribute something -- anything to this team before it is too late.

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. Miguel Cabrera Being Unhealthy

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Miguel Cabrera is still effective even if he is in a wheel chair, but the Tigers are really missing the best hitter on the planet, which is what Cabrera is when healthy. He is the makeup that hides a lot of the blemishes in this Tigers lineup.

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4. Torii Hunter

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No one is questioning the effort and intensity of Torii Hunter, especially after he almost died flying into the bullpen in Game 3; but while he says he would be willing to die on the field, we would just settle for an extra-base hit.

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3. Prince Fielder

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Prince Fielder has reached the level of ineptitude where you expect outs more than hits. This is not what everyone envisioned when Prince received that ridiculous $200 million contract.

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2. The Bullpen

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The Tigers' bullpen shifted the entire momentum of the series and the Tigers may never get it back. We knew the Tigers' bullpen wasn't great, but it may be the reason why the Tigers aren't hoisting a trophy in the end.

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1. Austin Jackson

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Austin Jackson must be paid by the strikeout. With a batting average lower than my GPA, Austin Jackson has been a huge reason why the Tigers' offense has struggled so mightily. It's unacceptable from a leadoff hitter.

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