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Tigers’ high hopes

When thinking about Detroit professional teams, the Tigers are always a summer hit.

Sports enthusiasts, myself included, think the Tigers have a pretty good shot of making it back to the playoffs this October. Even though it is a close race between the Cleveland Indians and our Detroit Tigers, I believe we have the advantage.

The Detroit Tigers have had the lead in the American League Central Division since before the All Star break in July. The Tigers have kept their lead intact for this long and can certainly pull it off with the team they have.

Among the Tigers roster are some very key veteran leaders. Veterans such as Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, and the powerful Miguel Cabrera will come in handy for the upcoming battle for the division.

Also, in the mix are very key young and athletic players including Austin Jackson, Alex Avila, Brennan Boesch and Don Kelly. Learning from skilled veterans will help the young stars be determined to push every game to the max.

Another big item on their team is their dominating pitching staff. Leading the way is the explosive Justin Verlander, which is my leader for the American League Cy Young Award this year. With 18 wins, an ERA of 2.31, and over 200 strikeouts already this year, he has become a dominating force on the mound. And when Verlander is not on the rubber, teams have to go against Rich Porcello, Brad Penny, Max Scherzer and newly required Doug Fister.

Also, during the trade deadline, the Tigers filled in their gaps in the roster with key acquisitions. Such players as Delmon Young from the Minnesota Twins, and Wilson Betemit from the Kansas City Royals.

Delmon Young finished last year in eighth for the American League Most Valuable Player and replaced the struggling Magglio Ordonez. While Wilson Betemit will fit comfortably at third base to help replace Brandon Inge for the time being.

The Tigers, up to Aug. 22, have a record of 68-58 with a four and half game lead.

After sweeping the Indians at home in a dramatic fashion, it seems the Tigers are pushing harder in the second half. If the Detroit Tigers win the Central Division, it will be the first time they have won their division since 1987.

In Tiger nation, hopes are very high.

Christian McGeachy

Sports Editor