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Not everything was roses for the Tigers.
The ALCS uncovered some serious flaws in the roster. While they're not uncorrectable issues, they need to be addressed if the Tigers want to be a favorite again in 2012.
Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello were thought to be key to the 2011 season. Turns out, thanks to the deadline pick-up of Doug Fister, they weren't needed quite as much as we all thought.
With a record of 29-18 between them, you would expect that they had both turned the corner.
Far from it.
Each received a ton of help from a strong lineup.
After an excellent second half to 2010, Scherzer remained wildly inconsistent. Two good games followed by an awful game seemed to be his modus operandi.
He never really found his groove, and despite starting the playoffs well, his terrible start in Game 6 of the ALCS destroyed any chance of a comeback in the series.
If Scherzer can ever revert to how he pitched late in 2010 on a consistent basis, the Tigers will have an incredibly strong staff.
Rick Porcello, might just be morphing into a number four starter. After being drafted in the first round and signing a huge bonus, expectations might have been out of hand for Porcello.
He's a guy who can dominate lesser lineups but runs into trouble when strong teams with several left-handers can stack the lineup.
Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde had great seasons, but the rest of the bullpen was terrible.
Al Alburquerque had a tremendous first half, but after arm issues and a fluke concussion, he wasn't able to rediscover his early season ability.
Phil Coke was inconsistent after a ridiculous early season stint on the rotation, Joel Zumaya injured himself again (surprise!), Daniel Schlereth had some growing pains, and Ryan Perry is probably on his last leg in Detroit.
The bullpen needs to be shored up heavily for the team to be able to compete with the likes of the Rangers next season.
Third base and second base were a hodge-podge of role players after Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn failed to prove they could contribute defensively everyday.
Austin Jackson slumped at the plate, team speed was terrible, and outside of Jackson, defense was bad in the outfield.
The Tigers are a very good team bordering on great with the right moves, but they were far from perfect in 2011.