After drastically under-performing in the first half of the 2012 season, the Detroit Tigers finally seem to be getting into the swing of things. At 47-43, their record might not be where they wanted it to be, but it is good enough to have them atop the wild-card standings and only 3.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.
The reasons behind the sluggish start in Motown were no mystery, however. Looking at any number of games throughout the course of the season, the flaws in Jim Leyland's team were evident. Detroit had no real second baseman, no support behind Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and inconsistent pitching, aside from Justin Verlander.
For a team relying on a powerful offense to mask their potential issues coming into the 2012 season, the Tigers struggled mightily when that offense wasn't extraordinary for their first 81 games. But, near the end of the first half, the Tigers started to pull it together. Delmon Young, Alex Avila, Jhonny Peralta and Brennan Boesch finally started to support the big men in the middle, and Detroit surged back into the thick of things in the AL playoff hunt.
However, as it stands, many still believe that the Tigers do not have enough to overcome the Yankees or Texas. With rumors flying around about which move can wake the American League's sleeping giant, these are the best speculative moves that have been discussed.