Detroit Tigers: Jim Leyland and His Schizophrenic Team

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Detroit Tigers: Jim Leyland and His Schizophrenic Team
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The Detroit Tigers are a mystery, maybe the most head-scratch inducing team in baseball this year.  They enter the month of August in first place by 2.5 games. While this is a positive, a quick glance at their roster would make one think that they should be further ahead.

After all, they are in the weakest division in baseball.  Despite leading the AL Central, they are only fifth in the AL and are a full seven games behind the current Wild Card leader. They hover around the break-even point in runs scored vs. runs allowed. 

The team is about to enter its last 50 games of the season.  At this point, what can be expected and what will the Tigers need to overcome in order to be a legitimate threat once the playoffs start?

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