Predicting the Full 2012 Postseason Roster for the Detroit Tigers

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Predicting the Full 2012 Postseason Roster for the Detroit Tigers
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After Monday's 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers have done it.

The Tigers won the American League Central Division, winning the division crown in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever, and advancing to the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1934 and 1935.

After a dominating division championship in 2011 and an appearance in the American League Championship Series, the Tigers came into the 2012 campaign as runaway favorites to win the division again.

Detroit signed Prince Fielder in the offseason and returned AL MVP Justin Verlander and 2011 AL batting champion Miguel Cabrera to lead a promising supporting cast.

But injuries and inconsistency plagued the Tigers all season long, and Detroit was forced to fight its way to the division crown, overcoming a three-game deficit to the Chicago White Sox with 15 games remaining.

Behind Cabrera's chase for the AL Triple Crown, and dominating starting pitching, Detroit overtook Chicago with more than a week remaining, and have been on cruise control since, winning seven of its last eight games.

Manager Jim Leyland attempted to mix and match his lineup all season, and often received scrutiny for going with the numbers, or going with his gut, rather than putting the nine best players on the field.

But lately, Leyland found two or three different lineup combinations that worked, and it has paid off for Detroit, as the Tigers have won 14 of their last 20 games.

Leyland will have some decisions to make before the postseason begins as the rosters decrease back to 25 players, and rookies like Avisail Garcia and veterans like Don Kelly will be among the interested parties to hear the skipper's final cut.

Here are my predictions for the Tigers' 25-man postseason roster:

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