This season, the Tigers have been one of the most surprising teams so far. Starting 9-8, they are third in the AL Central, debatably the toughest division in baseball. Currently, if the postseason started today they would finish as the eighth seed, but is that still a possibility 43 games later? In this article, I will be breaking down the Tigers and their playoff odds.
If the starting rotation started to pitch well, I see them in the playoffs. Spencer Turnbull has been having a fantastic season boasting a 2.00 ERA, 18 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP in 18 innings pitched. Besides that, to put it bluntly, they have sucked. Besides Turnbull, the rest of the rotation has given up 17 HR, 26 walks, with a horrific 9.28 ERA in 54.3 innings pitched. Matt Boyd has been terrible too. In four games he has gone 0-2 with a 10.24 ERA. The ace-looking pitcher last season has vastly underperformed which cost the Tigers the series against the Chicago White Sox.
The bullpen this year has been looking very, very sharp. Lead by Gregory Soto, who is yet to give up a run in ten innings, and Tyler Alexander who broke the record in the AL for the most consecutive strikeouts with nine has also been hot, besides his start against the White Sox. Setup man, Buck Farmer is also looking great, with a 2.84 ERA in seven games. José Cisnero, Daniel Norris, and All-Star Closer Joe Jiménez have all been doing decent too, aside from one game by Joe. If the Tigers put runs on the board, and are starter can maintain a lead, I have much faith in our bullpen that they can get the job done.
On offense, they have threats across the board. Their #9 hitter JaCoby Jones is hitting .300 with five homers and 12 RBI's. Jeimer Candelario is hitting .260 and is always a reliable option for XBH when they matter the most. Victor Reyes and Austin Romine are also threats in the mid-to-back half of the lineup. Recently, after C.J. Cron's injury, Willi Castro has been flaming hot, hitting .571 with a 1.500 OPS in the past two games. Offensively, they can consistently put up runs in games and try to lead us to victory.
On defense, we have a lot of threats. However, two stand out greatly. Jeimer Candelario and JaCoby Jones. Candelario, on the third base, is a stud. He has a 1.000 FLD and has gone 38/37 on putouts, and an assist. JaCoby Jones has gone 37/37 on putouts, and also has a 1.000 FLD. There arent too many defensive stats that can tell the picture, but if you want to see more of JaCoby there will be a video of his spectacular catch last season vs the Nat's last year. Anyways, Niko Goodrum is also a good defensive player, along with Jonathan Schoop whom make up the middle infield.
After all the information given to you, what do you think? As a diehard Tiger's fan, I lose more faith in this team each day, but comment what you think down below.