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Why the Detroit Tigers Will Be World Series Contenders If They Make the Playoffs

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Why the Detroit Tigers Will Be World Series Contenders If They Make the Playoffs
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All the Detroit Tigers need is a chance.

Despite the disappointing season the Tigers have had in 2012, they have found a way to remain within striking distance of the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central Division.

With a 2-0 win over the Kansas City Royals, combined with the White Sox 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, the Tigers have moved into a first place tie atop the division.

If the Tigers can manage to win the division and make the postseason, Detroit can threaten for an AL Championship, and possibly a World Series title.

After the grind of a 162-game season, the playoffs come down to who's hot, pitching and defense, and clutch performances.

The Tigers have shown flashes of brilliance in each of those categories this season, and once the MLB field is reduced to 10 teams, Detroit has as good of a chance as anyone.

Yes, the Tigers are in a bad division, and if they were in any other division in baseball, the playoffs would just be a pipe dream, but if the Tigers make the postseason, anything can happen.

Here are the four reasons the Tigers have a shot at winning it all.

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