Consistently inconsistent is the best way to describe the Detroit Tigers 2011 season. Despite a terribly uncompetitive division, the Tigers have been unable to play above a mediocre level and find themselves with a razor-thin 1.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians.
Last week I ranked the Tigers top 10 MVPs this season. Several Tigers are having strong years and should be commended for it. However, as has been the story of the season, for every up there has been a corresponding down to the season.
The player performances are no exception. This is clearly shown in the offseason signings on the left side of the infield by Dave Dombrowski.
Jhonny Peralta, is having a career season and has thrived hitting behind Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. After signing a modest two-year $11.25 million contract, Peralta leads AL shortstops in hitting and RBI and has played better than expected defense.
Conversely, Brandon Inge was signed to a nearly identical contract and now finds himself as the starting third baseman for the Toledo Mudhens.
What follows is a list of the eight guys who have contributed the most to the Tigers "downs" this season. If they want to win the AL Central, at least a couple of these guys are going to have to get it turned around immediately.