MLB 2012: 5 Reasons the Detroit Tigers Will Shock MLB and Lose the AL Central

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MLB 2012: 5 Reasons the Detroit Tigers Will Shock MLB and Lose the AL Central
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Prior to the beginning of the 2012 MLB season, the Detroit Tigers appeared to be the sexy pick to win the World Series.

Acquiring one of the crown jewels of the free agent class in Prince Fielder, and home to Cy Young and AL MVP award-winner Justin Verlander, it seemed the only thing Detroit could do was improve upon 2011's 95-67 record.

Yet here we are 54 games into the season, and the Tigers are four games under .500, still in search of a team identity.

Sure, we're only a third of the way through the season, but Detroit's problems are much more pressing than a simple bump in the road that teams go through at the start of the year.

Detroit's problems are so substantial, in fact, that the Tigers will not repeat as AL Central champs, and here are five reasons why.

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