The Tigers are on an epic run right now. Something that hasn't been seen in the Motor City in five decades—and I'm not talking about corruption-free politics.
With the AL Central on the line, the Tigers have won their last ten consecutive contests, all against AL Central teams and seven against the two teams closest to them: the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.
The team hasn't seen such a streak since 1968.
Everyone knows Justin Verlander may soon pass the Beatles in popularity. Verlander is deservedly the poster boy for the Tigers. Dominating on the mound, likable off of it, he's morphed from a talented underachiever to the definition of ace over the last year.
Most of the country had Miguel Cabrera off to rehab and washed up after a preseason DUI (just scour the news archives) but he's responded quite nicely with another 30 home run, 100 RBI, .300 average season around the corner.
Victor Martinez is having perhaps his best season ever and has quickly become the backbone of the lineup. Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta have exploded one the scene with All-Star seasons, and Jose Valverde and Joaquin Benoit have solidified the back end of the rotation.
And while the Tigers were good enough to compete in the AL Central before, Doug Fister and Delmon Young are proving to be the moves that put the Tigers over the top.
With all the breakout seasons we're seeing, there's still room to recognize some guys who have quietly enjoyed fine seasons in their own right.
Maybe they're everyday contributors who started slowly or have had a few bad games here or there, or maybe they're unexpected role players who have come out of nowhere—they've all contributed in their own ways to the Tigers' tremendous success.