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"Who's Your Tiger?"
While many may believe this season was a success on many levels, the 2006 Detroit Tigers were still a huge letdown for many reasons.
First of all, the Tigers were off to an incredible start and entered August of that year with an astounding 76-36 record. However, as the season progressed, the Tigers would begin their descent.
On the first day of October during 2009, the Tigers would give up their lead in the AL Central after a crushing loss to the Kansas City Royals in extra innings. They would then go on to lose their last five games of the regular season, finish 19-31 in their final 50 games and, in essence, "back into the playoffs" as the AL Wild Card.
While they were able to defeat the New York Yankees in the ALDS and beat the Oakland Athletics in dramatic walk-off fashion in the ALCS, they were sufficiently handled by the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The Tigers were only able to manage one win during the World Series.
The Tigers pitchers had a combined ERA of 3.00 during the World Series compared to the 2.00 combined ERA of the Cardinals pitching staff. Detroit's combined batting average was an abysmal .199.
Overall, this team may have made it to baseball's biggest stage, but they did not produce when they got there.