While the teams in the AL Central are hardly pushovers, the Detroit Tigers were and are the favorites to win the division. Their roster has the most experience and arguably the most depth of any team in the division, but they are not without their flaws.
Offensively the team’s leaders have been just who you’d expect. Two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera continues to produce, though not at the same rate he has in seasons past. Victor Martinez has seemed re-energized and finds himself in the midst of a career year, with free agency looming at season’s end. Ian Kinsler has been outstanding in his first season with the team.
Yet, at the same time, they’ve received minimal production behind the plate, at shortstop, and across much of the outfield.
On the mound the story has been similar. Max Scherzer is having another solid season. Rick Porcello finally is emerging. Anibal Sanchez has pitched well. The trio’s strengths have allowed the team to overcome Justin Verlander‘s struggles and those from the bullpen.
Detroit is in prime position to hold onto their lead in the division, but they haven’t won anything yet. A few tweaks to the roster could help them hold off the Royals and Indians.