Good, Bad and Ugly: Grading the Detroit Tigers Up and Down First Quarter

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Good, Bad and Ugly: Grading the Detroit Tigers Up and Down First Quarter
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The Detroit Tigers are in second place - within striking distance of first - which is about where fans should have expected this ball club to be.

The team has endured some pretty interesting situations.

The Good - A seven game winning streak, solid starting pitching and strong offensive contributions from several sources.

The Bad - The bullpen, a seven game losing streak and horrendous offensive contributions from some key players.

The Ugly - An insanely strange balk by Justin Verlander and a "blooper of the year" candidate, misplayed fly ball in left field by Ryan Raburn.

Also unexpected to Tigers fans - and all of baseball - is the standings of the AL Central.

The Tigers occupy second place in the division not behind the pre-season favorite Minnesota Twins or Chicago White Sox, but rather the Cleveland Indians.

The Indians have played extremely gritty baseball and currently own a five game lead of the Tigers early on.

The White Sox have got off to a terrible start but have shown some improvement over the last couple of weeks.  It's hard to imagine that a team this talented won't make a run at the division.

The Royals appear to be be regressing after a strong start, but still need to be accounted for.

The Twins have been a complete disaster.  Marred by injuries and an abysmal offense, unless they get healthy quick, it will take another amazing managerial job by Ron Gardenhire to get the Twins in contention.

While the Tigers can't control the make-up of their division, they should be held accountable for their individual performances.  Both good and bad.

Here's my assessment with individual grades of the roster thus far. 

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