MLB Playoff Predictions 2012: The Detroit Tigers Will Be Unstoppable in October
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The Detroit Tigers have had an up and down season. They started off the season like ferocious, blood thirsty animals, going 9-3 in the first few weeks but spent their share of time looking at the backside of the Chicago White Sox who led the AL Central for over 100 days.
But now, none of that matters. After a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday the Tigers are back in the playoffs and that is very dangerous for the rest of the American League, and whoever come out of the National League.
The Tigers have been a dangerous team all season and while they struggled at times, if they could just get to the postseason, it certainly looked like they could make noise.
Well, they did and they will.
There are a lot of things about the Tigers that make them not only dangerous this postseason, but down right unstoppable.
The first reason: Miguel Cabrera.
With the playoff-clinching victory, came Cabrera's triple crown leading 44th home run on Monday. While the home run was bad news for the Royals (and Josh Hamilton), it was also bad news for everyone who stands in the Tigers way this postseason.
Cabrera is playing out of his mind right now going 4-5 last night with three RBI. While the games get more serious and the playoffs get rolling, Cabrera will continue to play like a man possessed and will help make the Tigers lineup unstoppable this fall.
Reason No. 2: The rest of the Detroit offense.
Cabrera isn't the only hot tiger right now. Austin Jackson is playing great baseball in the leadoff spot (finally) batting .298 while reaching base almost 38 percent of the time which is of huge importance to the meat of the Tigers lineup.
Prince Fielder hasn't been too shabby in his first season with Detroit adding 30 home runs and over 100 runs batted in (also batting over .300...just saying) while helping protect Cabrera in the lineup. Fielder is getting hot at the right time with at least one hit in the last nine games.
With the offense playing like it is, the Tigers will be hard, if not impossible to stop this fall.
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And reason three: The pitching.
I know, I know, the pitching? The Tigers pitching is awful! While it's had its rough stretches, the pitching staff is starting to get things together.
Verlander is well...Verlander. He'll show up in the playoffs because that's what he does. Verlander went 17-8 this year with a 2.64 ERA and a sketchy defense behind him. He'll be OK.
The rest of the starting rotation is, like the rest of the Tigers, getting hot at the right time.
Scherzer has pitched very well this season and is now taking time to rest a sore shoulder so he'll be nice and rested for the playoffs. Fister is also pitching much better since the All-Star break with a strikeout to walk ratio of 87 to 20.
With those three alone, the Tigers will be hard to deal with in the playoffs.
The city of Detroit hasn't had much to cheer about in sports recently, but the Tigers look poised to change that. Watch for Detroit this postseason after winning seven out of their last eight games.
Just look at the last two seasons in the NFL. Who won the Super Bowl? The teams that got hot late.
These Tigers are unstoppable!
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