Detroit started out the season far behind Cleveland. The Tribe has been recently slumping, and Detroit has had a chance to pull forward. They are now ahead of the Indians by half of a game and are first in the AL Central.
In offense, the Tigers have some great players. Miguel Cabrebra is hitting .327. He has a .450 OBP with 15 HRs and 50 RBI. Victor Martinez is hitting .335.
Justin Verlander is the Tigers best starting pitcher, and is considered by some to be one of the best pitchers in the league. He is 10-3 with a 2.38 ERA and 124 strikeouts. In terms of others, most of the other starting pitchers have ERAs over 4.00.
The Tiger's bullpen is better than their starting pitching. It includes pitchers like Daniel Schlereth, Jose Valverde, and Al Alburquerque. These relief pitchers have ERAs of 2.75, 2.51, and 1.75.
On defense, the Tigers rank 23 as a team with 50 errors. They have scored 21 more runs as a team than they have given up, which is very good compared to many other teams.
Overall, the Tigers are a very good team that have recently emerged from behind the wrath of the Cleveland Indians. I think that they are a team that everyone should watch out for. They have some middle aged to older players, and some have some postseason experience.
Experience under pressure can be invaluable if they are close with the Indians near the end of the year. The Tigers don't have as much experience as someone like the Braves, Phillies, Red Sox, or Yankees, but they have more than the Indians, who are a relatively young team.
In the playoffs, however, they may play more experienced teams-most of the current division leaders were in the postseason sometime in the last few years. I think that Detroit will, however, have a good chance against them.
Some of the Tigers' younger players may benefit a lot from a postseason experience. This will help to keep the team at the top of the division when some of the veterans leave.
Detroit may not be a favorite, but the Tigers are a good team, and if some of their players heat up, they have the skill to play a close series with some of the top teams.