With the addition of Prince Fielder, the Tigers came into the 2012 campaign with the highest expectations in team history. Anything less than a division championship would be a monumental disappointment.
Detroit began the year according to plan, winning its first five games, and looked to be in the AL Central driver's seat. But after the first week of the season, the Tigers began to show alarming inconsistencies that would plague them all season.
They have been as many as six games under .500 and six games out of first place. But Detroit quickly clawed (pun intended) its way back and has remained in contention all season.
With 26 games left, the Tigers are 73-63 and one game back of the White Sox. At this point, everyone is important to Detroit's success, but there are a handful of players who the Tigers will count to carry them to back-to-back playoff appearances.
Here are the 10 most important players for the Tigers' run at the postseason.