Detroit Tigers: 5 Reasons Why 2011 Will End Up Different

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Detroit Tigers: 5 Reasons Why 2011 Will End Up Different
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The Tigers' inevitable late summer collapse has become a sign that fall is coming in the Detroit area. 

Similar to the end of the orange construction cones, shorter days and the talk of an NFC North Division Title for the Detroit Lions, the Tigers late-season stumbles are a sign that summer is coming to an end.

Every season seems starts out with optimism, followed by a strong first half and subsequently a second half meltdown.  The Tigers have become as predictable as a Michael Bay movie.

This year, however, is where it all changes.  The summer of 2012, we won't be saying "same Old Tigers" rather, "Look what they did last year, held on to the AL Central before losing to the Red Sox in the first round".

Honestly, I think any Tiger fan would take a first round bow-out as long as the Tigers can finally win the division for the first time since 1987. 

Here's the top 5 reasons you'll see them in the playoffs this year.

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