The biggest news in the world of the Detroit Tigers heading into the weekend was obviously the bombshell acquisition of dominant lefty David Price, but they also finished off a sweep of the Colorado Rockies at home today. Following a big weekend for Detroit, the Tigers are starting to look downright scary heading into the latter stages of the season.
Now that Price is a Tiger, the team holds the last three AL Cy Young winners in their starting rotation with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Price. Having that type of starting pitching is a scary thought in itself. They also have arguably the best hitter in the game in Miguel Cabrera and lead the MLB in team batting average.
Today’s win vs. Colorado showed how deep Detroit’s rotation can be, because it wasn’t a former Cy Young winner that shut out the Rockies, who are second in the league to the Tigers in team hitting. Instead, it was Anibal Sanchez, a starter who has quietly revitalized his career since becoming a Tiger in 2012.
Sanchez was nearly unhittable on Sunday, giving up just two singles over seven innings and striking out 12 batters. Plain and simple, if this is the type of guy that’s starting fourth in the rotation, Detroit’s pitching is without a doubt stacked. Sanchez hasn’t been as consistent this year as he was in 2013, but he may be getting hot at a great time. Let’s also not forget that Detroit nabbed closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers recently to stabilize the back-end of their bullpen.
Many still believe the Oakland Athletics are the favorite to represent the AL in the World Series, but Detroit should be considered to make it just as much as the A’s. It’s hard to argue against when the Tigers hold the likes of the last three Al Cy Young winners and the last two AL MVPs on one roster. Obviously, it’s not about what guys have done in the past, but the Tigers should strike fear in the hearts of whoever they see in the playoffs. There is still plenty of regular season baseball left, but the Tigers should win their fourth straight AL Central title.
With all of their talent on both offense and defense, the Tigers will try to finally finish off a season with a championship. Detroit has reached the ALCS three years in a row, including a trip to the 2012 World Series in which they were swept. As of now, the Tigers look dangerous and are certainly poised to take the next step in October.