For the first time in a long time, there are no holes in this lineup.
Austin Jackson has been hitting well since the end of August, Ramon Santiago has shored up second base with clutch hitting and surprising pop, and Wilson Betemit is proving to be a steal at third base.
Add to that the .300 hitting of Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila, Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera, and you almost forget that Brennan Boesch has been hurt.
Top it off, Andy Dirks and Magglio Ordonez have been coming alive as Boesch's replacements, and you have a lineup that would give even good pitchers fits.
The Yankees, however, do not have a lot of great pitching. The Rangers and Red Sox do, but neither squad has looked super impressive lately.
Right now, the Tigers have the perfect combination of great hitters getting ready to go up against average pitchers.
That is enough to keep the competition up at night.