The Detroit Tigers have been leading the American League Central for most of the year, and their magic number to clinch the division is 15 with Cleveland also losing yesterday. With only 19 games left this does not leave much wiggle room to get the job done. They need to get there act together and start playing better. Because even if they make the playoffs if they continue to play like this they will not beat anyone.
They are 2-5 in their last 7 games this starting to remind me of 2009 when another Jim Leyland led team coughed up the division by losing 3 straight to Kansas City. They had the same makeup relying on their power to win games with not much speed to speak of. They need to avoid the wild card at all costs, if they can, because playing in a one game playoff game like that is a roll of the dice. I am told constantly by Tiger fans that they have this division sewn up already and I am not sure what team you are watching but this team is not playing like they do.
With the Tigers payroll and talent they should run away and hide from everyone in this division. Even if Cabrera was out for the year they still should own this division. People also say Baseball is a marathon not a sprint well with 19 games left it is now a sprint and the Tigers need to start playing with a sense of urgency. If this is a repeat of the 2009 debacle then heads need to roll and it starts with two men Dave Dombrowski and Jim Leyland.