Leading this wild bunch of teams is the Detroit Tigers. Last season's 2011 AL Central champs have all the pieces in place to reign over 2012.
Things seemed bleak when Victor Martinez went down with a torn ACL in early January. Then, Detroit went out and nabbed itself Prince Fielder. Combined with Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers feature the best 3-4 in baseball.
Surrounding those two is a strong supporting staff. Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avilla had big 2011's and will look to continue that breakout success in 2012. The outfield is filled with high upside potential. If Austin Jackson can get back on track and become a true leadoff hitter, this squad gets that much more dangerous.
It's hard to see things getting better, but they do.
Rounding out the team is a very sturdy rotation. Ever heard of that Justin Verlander guy? 2011's American League Cy Young and MVP winner. Well, he leads this rotation.
Following him are Doug Fister and Max Scherzer. Many thought Fister couldn't compete outside of Safeco, but his numbers actually got better when he got to Comerica. Scherzer is still attempting to find consistency, but when he's on there's no one better.
The one thing Detroit has over everyone else in the division is a strong track record. Cleveland has high upside, but a lot of high risk. KC is filled with great prospects, but they all lack seasoning.
Outside of a couple players here and there, the Tigers roster is filled with consistent studs ready to dominate 2012.