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The AL Central is Tiger Town

April 30th, 2015

 

 

I am a die hard fan of the Detroit Tigers, and I am proud of it.

 

As most Cleveland fans have seen, it has been fairly easy to be a Detroit fan over the past decade as the Tigers have dominated the AL Central pretty much exclusively since 2006.

 

I don’t expect that to change.

 

Coming into the 2015 season, I was pretty shocked at just how optimistic everybody was about the Cleveland Indians. For whatever reason, it seemed the Indians had taken the role as the “underdog favorite” of the new MLB season.

 

Sure, Cleveland has some nice young pitchers and a few young bats who could break out, but what has the Tribe shown anybody to prove they can win a World Series? They didn’t even make the playoffs last year.

 

I think AL Cy Young (best pitcher in league) winner Corey Kluber is the real deal, and Trevor Bauer has really impressed, but it’s hard to call the Tribe anything other than disappointing so far.

 

The Royals, last year’s AL Pennant winner, continue to be completely overlooked despite a hot start. While I don’t think they can overtake the Tigers, I still don’t understand why people continually, and seemingly unanimously, chose the Indians to finish ahead of them.

 

The Twins and the White Sox are most likely going to be non-factors throughout the entire season as both teams are still probably a couple years out from making some noise.

 

Then there are the Tigers, who are probably the best team in baseball right now, despite losing one of their aces Justin Verlander for the first month of the season, and losing their closer, Joe Nathan, for the entire year.

 

Their bats, while quieting down a bit in the last few games, have been as good, if not better, than expected. The 2-6 batting order of Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes is the best in baseball and, despite lingering injuries to both Cabrera and V-Mart, hasn’t let up in it’s relentless attack on opposing pitchers.

 

The Tigers have won 4-of-4 series against AL Central opponents, including two against the Indians.

 

I think, in the near future, a team like the Indians or the Royals could overcome Detroit and become the power of the AL Central division, but not yet.

 

Coming into 2015, the talk was the same as it was heading into 2014, and even 2013. People claimed that Detroit was too old and their window was closing fast.

 

That said, here we are. A month in and Detroit is the best team in baseball with five quality starters and one of the best lineups in baseball.

 

Having young guys is fun, but I like winning more.