The Detroit Tigers may have had a rough past weekend, including a series sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels in particular that bumped them down into the middle of the American League Central pack. However they still have the greatest MLB odds in baseball. Is this the year Detroit finally cashes in on their potential?
Sitting at just around the .500 mark, the Tigers haven’t exactly proven themselves to be any more capable than they have been over the course of the past few seasons. Fortunately for them, that still leaves them as one of the most capable teams in baseball.
Back-to-back seasons of 88-plus wins, coupled with three postseason series victories, reflect just how close Detroit has been to their first championship since 1984. No wonder that, despite their relative mediocrity thus far in 2013, they still have 15/2 odds of winning the World Series.
In order to convince fans that this year is anything special, however, the Tigers will have to start acting like favorites. It starts Friday when Miguel Cabrera and company line up against a red-hot Atlanta Braves team that sits a notch lower than them on the MLB futures.