3 keys for the Detroit Tigers to win the American League Central

The Detroit Tigers are a long shot to win the division, but we have seen crazier things in life. So what needs to happen for this team to make it back to the postseason?

Detroit Tigers celebrate after a win against the Cleveland Guardians.
Detroit Tigers celebrate after a win against the Cleveland Guardians. / Duane Burleson/GettyImages
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The Detroit Tigers need to have a fully healthy team this season.

The Detroit Tigers were plagued by injuries last season. There was no shortage of injuries last season, from Riley Greene and Tarik Skubal to Casey Mize and Eduardo Rodriguez -- making it quite the long summer. The Tigers do not have the depth to recover from injuries. Losing a starting pitcher means dealing with Joey Wentz again, and an injury to nearly any position player means who knows who gets called up.

Some fans have called pitching coach Chris Fetter into question, with several starting pitchers getting injured. Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, Matt Manning, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Alex Faedo make up an entire rotation worth of Tigers who were injured in 2023. These players need to have complete seasons for the Tigers to succeed.

With prospects Justyn Henry-Malloy and Colt Keith getting very close to MLB action, there is a bit of wiggle room for position players, but past that, things are looking bleak. Keith could become the starting second baseman by the All-Star Break, leaving even one less bat that could come through Toledo if there is an injury. A healthy team will be a better team for the Tigers. The good thing with the outfield is on top of some added depth, Greene should be in a position to produce success.

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