Detroit Tigers: Do They Really Have A Chance?

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IAugust 8, 2008

Who would have thought that we are pondering if the Tigers are even going to get to October this late in the season? The answer...nobody.

It has been a sickening roller-coaster of a season for the Detroit Tigers in 2008, from starting off 0-7 to being around .500 at the All-Star break and everything in between. The players having an off and on season like Miguel Cabrera who had just 10 home runs through June and now is hitting just shy of .300 with 21 home runs and 85 RBIs.

To answer the question in the article's headline, yes, I believe the Tigers still have a chance, a good one actually. The Tigers start a nine game home stand versus the Athletics, Blue Jays and Orioles and finish off the month against the Rangers on the road, the Royals at K.C. and in Detroit and Cleveland at home.

During this "decently" easy month for Detroit, Chicago has to play teams like the Red Sox twice, Tampa Bay Rays and the Seattle Mariners who is playing their best ball of the season. The Minnesota Twins are playing the Yankees and those pesky Mariners at home in the Metrodome then go on a 14 game road trip against teams like the Angels and those Mariners again who won 2 of 3 in their last series from the Twins.

The Tigers have a single series against both the Twins and White Sox left, but have to face the Angels and Yankees to begin September and a four game series versus the Rays to end the season.

If the Tigers can get within three or four games of 1st place in the AL Central heading into September I think they would have a good chance of maybe making the Wild Card spot or winning the division.