The Detroit Tigers currently sit as the eighth-best team in the American League, ten games behind Texas and with only a 30.2% chance of making the playoffs (http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings/_/group/5) as of September 12, 2012. However, they have one of the best chances in American League of reaching the World Series.
In the offseason, after losing DH Victor Martinez to a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament, 83-year-old owner Mike Ilitch, feeling the pressure of father time and a desire to win another championship, opened the team’s coffers for the largest contract in franchise history.
While still facing an uphill battle for division supremacy in the middle of the summer, the Tigers dealt some of their highest-rated prospects to the Miami Marlins for two more critical pieces. With less than three weeks remaining in the regular season, and still trailing in both their division and the wild-card standings, the Tigers are finally ready to begin their march toward another World Series appearance.
Here are the top five reasons why.