2013: 93-69, 1st in AL Central; lost in ALCS to Boston
Offense, starting pitching, and bullpen--the Tigers had it all. Or so it seemed. A stunning trade over the winter sent star first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas--after just two years of a seven-year mega contract--for star second baseman Ian Kinsler in a rare superstar swap. While the Tigers had a loaded roster, GM Dave Dombrowski wanted a more dynamic team that could play better defense, steal more bases, and control more facets of the game in general. Early results were promising; new speedster Rajai Davis got off to a hot start, Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera are still a terrific 3-4 combo, and Torii Hunter is as consistent as ever. The Tigers should continue to score plenty of runs all season.
Most teams are desperate for an ace. The Tigers have the rare luxury of having two. Justin Verlander was overshadowed in 2013 and early 2014 by Max Scherzer but is still one of the best in the game. A head-scratching trade of starter Doug Fister to Washington hasn't affected the team much; Rick Porcello, Drew Smyly, and Anibal Sanchez continue to deal in what is still a top five rotation in baseball. Closer Joe Nathan leads a stacked bullpen of Joba Chamberlain, Evan Reed, Al Alburquerque, and Ian Krol. Krol was acquired in the Fister trade and started the season on fire. In a weak AL Central the Tigers should be able to cruise their way to the postseason for a fourth straight season. They play at beautiful Comerica Park in downtown Detroit, known for its fountains in center field, food, and loyal fans. With the great ballpark, a contending team, superstars on display, and summer weather, this is as good a time as ever to see a Tigers game! Gold Coast Tickets can hook you up with the best selection of seats for Tigers games!