Sep 28, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Nathan (36) gets showers with champaign after winning the Central Division Championship by defeating the Minnesota Twins 3-0 at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The team remains an enigma. Their postseason experience should serve them well, but they are raw on the left side of the infield, and in left field and center, especially if Rajai Davis is out.
Their strength remains starting pitching, particularly if Verlander is his October self. The bullpen is still a concern, as it has been all year. Ausmus needs to find a way to quickly get Soria and Sanchez into the late inning mix, especially since there’s not a reliable lefty in the pen.
I see the team beating Baltimore and then winning a tough series against the Angels.
Alas, the Washington Nationals, with superior balance, will once again deny them the World Series crown.
AL WC: Oakland
NL WC: San Francisco
ALDS: Detroit over Baltimore
ALDS: Los Angeles over Oakland
ALCS: LAA over Detroit
NLDS: Los Angeles over St. Louis
NLDS: Washington over San Francisco
NLCS: Washington over LAD
WS: Washington over Detroit