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5 Biggest Concerns About The 2014 Detroit Tigers Thus Far

5 Biggest Concerns About The 2014 Detroit Tigers Thus Far

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The Detroit Tigers are off to a respectable start as they currently possess a 6-4 record and a half game lead in the AL Central. However, the Tigers still have many problems that need to be sorted out if they wish to stay in first place. Tonight, the Tigers will begin a three-game series with the rival Cleveland Indians, so the sooner they can work out their issues, the better. Ahead are the five biggest concerns plaguing the Tigers right now.

5. Left Field

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5. Left Field

Davis in Left
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Rajai Davis was originally signed to platoon with Andy Dirks in left field, but now that Dirks is on the DL with a back injury, Davis has been getting most of the starts in left. Although it is true that he is currently batting .345, Davis' record shows that he is still better suited to be a platoon player, and the Tigers could really use a veteran left-handed bat to split time with him.

4. Shortstop

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4. Shortstop

Alex Gonzalez Short
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The Alex Gonzalez-Andrew Romine duo at shortstop has been creating major problems for the Tigers. At first, Gonzalez was struggling with the glove, and now he is struggling with the bat as well as the glove. Romine is a good defender, but he has been non-existent at the plate. The Tigers may not be able to resist the temptation of signing Stephen Drew before the June draft for much longer.

3. Bullpen

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3. Bullpen

Joe Nathan and Avila
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The Tigers brought in veteran closer Joe Nathan to finally shore up an area that has been the team's Achilles heel for several years now: the closer's role. However, he currently has a 9.64 ERA with two blown saves, and he has even stated that he has a "dead arm". Other concerns in the Tigers' bullpen include Phil Coke and Al Alburquerque's struggles. So far, the Tigers' bullpen has looked a lot like it has in previous years.

2. Left-Handed Hitting

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2. Left-Handed Hitting

Romine Broken Bat
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With the exception of switch-hitting Victor Martinez, the Tigers are not getting much production from left-handed hitters. Thus far, career .231 hitter and utility man Don Kelly has been the second-most productive left-handed hitter on the Tigers' 25-man roster. The Tigers need to get Alex Avila, Tyler Collins and Romine going, or they may be forced to find a way to bring another left-handed hitter to the Motor City very soon.

1. Miguel Cabrera

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1. Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera Third Base
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Prior to the beginning of the 2014 season, Miguel Cabrera signed a massive contract extension with the Tigers which is expected to keep him in Detroit for the remainder of his career. However, the all-world slugger is off to a .225 start with only one home run through his first 10 games. Although he is very likely to turn his season around, such a slow start does raise fears of Cabrera pulling an "Albert Pujols" in the minds of some.