If the Detroit Tigers are doing well towards the trade deadline, they make a push for a playoff run.
I think this is the least likely of all the scenarios and by far the worst of the worst for Detroit Tigers fans. As the 2018 trade deadline ends, if the Detroit Tigers find themselves in playoff contention, it would seem that the worst thing they could do is try to make a deep run.
In the midst of a rebuild, an openly admitted one, the last thing you want to do is deplete a farm system that is building to acquire veterans to try and make a run. Especially, when you probably won’t win the World Series.
That scenario would set the rebuild back to square one-something the Detroit Tigers don’t want to do. If the Detroit Tigers find themselves looking at a wild-card berth, the best thing they’ll want to do is see how it plays out.
That’s exactly what the Milwaukee Brewers did last season when they found themselves having a surprise 2017. Late in the season, it looked like they might win the NL Central and make a playoff berth as a wildcard. That ultimately didn’t happen, but the Brewers didn’t try to make that run-rather they just let things play out and ultimately didn’t make the playoffs.