Tigers win division, look to go deep in playoffs

 

Justin Graham ‘14

 

Reporter

 

Created in 1894 as part of the Western League, lately the Tigers have been a team to be reckoned with. Last year, the Tigers reached the World Series, only to be swept by the San Francisco Giants. This year is believed to be a different story.

With a more productive offense, phenomenal pitching, and an outstanding defense, the Tigers are an outstanding team who seem to be unstoppable to many people.

“I don’t see any other team with this kind of potential. I would be shocked if the Tigers don’t at least reach the World Series.” Keegan Roth ’14 said.

The reason the Tigers are 93-66 is because of the players and coaching staff. With Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Jim Leyland, high achievements are destined to happen. Cabrera, Triple Crown winner in the 2012 season, is having another incredible year. Seven homeruns behind league leader Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles first baseman, Cabrera also is leading the league in batting average and slugging percentage and is also tied for runners batted in.

Scherzer, the Tigers’ ace pitcher, has an outstanding 19-3 record with one of the lowest earned run averages. Verlander, also a pitcher for the Tigers, is 13-12 this season. Verlander’s stats are still very similar to that of last year, when he was the Tigers’ ace.

All of the players on the Tigers influence the team in a positive way. With new talent added to the mix, teams are becoming stronger and stronger. The new shortstop for the Tigers, Jose Iglesias, is a perfect example of this. Ranked twenty-first at his position, and with a .310 batting average, many believe this young man is going to become something great.

The Tigers are first in the American League Central Division again. This team is second in runs, first in batting average, second in on-base percentage, and second in slugging percentage, and this is the reason why the Tigers attained first place.

With one of the best records in the league, the Tigers are dominating in every aspect of the game. Thanks to the most quality starts pitching and best overall batting average, the Tigers sure look like they have what it takes to win the World Series.

“The Tigers are having one of the most incredible seasons I’ve ever seen. They’ve been stellar and I seriously think they’re going to win it all this time,” Erik Loush ’14 said.

On the other hand, the Tigers have had some issues with players. With injuries, suspensions, and players hitting cold streaks, it leaves some fans in doubt on what the rest of the season looks like for the Tigers.

“Yeah, the Tigers have obviously been playing pretty well, but all teams go through a cold streak. I just think that the Tigers’ cold streak is going to come at the wrong time,” Ian Hickerson ’14 said.

Regardless of the outcome of the post season, fans are still proud of how their home team has been doing and are amazed at how well they’ve been playing.

“My whole family loves baseball and we’ve always watched the Tigers, and I can’t believe how well they’ve played this year,” said Scottie Falkenhagen ‘15.

The rest of the season and post season for the Tigers should be an interesting one, and everybody can’t wait to see it.SPORTS_BBO-TIGERS-MARLINS_1_MI[1]