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Tigers Pounce;Take Two Game Lead.

DETRIOT - JULY 8:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians on July 8, 2008 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Ryan LarimoreContributor IJuly 25, 2009

Maybe the Tiger clubhouse heard the growing mutters of Detroiters calling their team second half chokers(myself included), or maybe today was just an exception to the rule, but let the facts show that the Tigers capitalized on an opportunity...for now.

In one day the Tigers have regained control of the 2(ish) horse race in the central. With two games left in this weekend's series with the White Sox, can still catch the Tigers.  After the series with the Sox this weekend,only two remain, both in the back-end of the regular season. Third in the standings sit the Minnesota Twins (losers of three in a row) who have managed not to gain much ground in the Tiger's recent struggles, and oppose the Tigers in three series the rest of the season, two of them in September and October.

Expect the division race to remain close,with a heavily Central back end of the Schedule, we will not be able to declare a winner of the Division till the final games have been played. As crazy as it sounds, you may have to consider the Tigers a favorite in this race in the central.

The Tigers are a very solid 30-15 at home, best in the Central division, and with  36 of their 67 games remaining at Comerica park, It could be enough to get them over the hump. On top of a favorable schedule, The Tiger's pitching could not get much better, and the Tigers are learning they don't have to score much more than 3 to win some ball games. Leyland is getting more aggressive in his Base running calls, and at some point you will see some more small ball out of the team.

Guillen could give the Tigers a few more options in their line up, But he is not the answer they need. The trade deadline is still a few days away, and the feeling is the Tigers need to make some sort of a move for one more bat in the line up. They need a bat, but they cannot empty out the cupboards again, because of the big money already spent on mostly worthless assets filling out the DL and bench.

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