To be honest, I was a little intimidated by the prospect of writing this preview. I really just wanted to be lazy and post, “THE DETROIT TIGERS ARE GOING TO WIN THE AL CENTRAL,” but since my colleague Domenic did such an extensive and fantastic job with his AL West and NL West previews, I figured I owed it to all of you to attempt to do the same.
In 2012, those same Tigers emerged as the American League Central Division winners which was a little surprising considering they only spent a total of 33 days in first place all season. Of course, they were the most important days of the season, the ones at the end. The Chicago White Sox, who came up short and in second place, were in that position for 117 days. Luckily for Detroit, Chicago went cold in September and they made the playoffs with only 88 wins. But as we found out, 88 wins in the regular season don’t mean much in the playoffs, everyone starts at zero and in the case of the Yankees, they stayed at that number in the ALCS.… Click here to read the rest