Just over a month ago, Red Sox nation would have laughed at the idea of the Detroit Tigers being anything more than a mild case of heartburn on Boston's war path toward their inevitable ALCS matchup with their rival New York Yankees.
Well, things have changed quickly in the standings, and the Red Sox might want to break out a case of Pepto for what is looking to be a possible first round matchup in the playoffs.
While the Red Sox are still in a dog fight with the Tampa Bay Rays for the Wild Card spot, the Tigers were the first team in baseball to clinch their division after finally taking control of the mediocre AL Central.
Going into this possible first round matchup, the Red Sox will be playing meaningful games while the Tigers are already shifting their rotation and only half-heartedly competing with the Rangers for the second seed in the playoffs.
So if a red hot team playing semi-meaningless baseball faces off against an ice-cold team fighting for their season, who's in a better spot?