DETROIT -- Barely more than one month ago, the Detroit Tigers were five games under .500 and six games back in the American League Central. With the divisions largest payroll and World Series expectations, they were called the most disappointing team in baseball.
Then, it was fair.
Now, it is untrue.
If the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox Saturday (MLB on FOX, 3:30 p.m. ET), they will find themselves in a position once thought to be their birthright.
People start talking about a team because were winning some games, Detroit manager Jim Leyland said Friday, after a 4-2 win behind ace Justin Verlander. Before, they were all over us, (calling us) underachievers and we were.
Whatever youve got coming, youve got coming. Now, people are going to say were playing pretty good. Its pretty exciting. You accept that. When youre not doing what youre supposed to be doing, you accept that.
Publicly, at least, Leyland was careful not to assign added importance to this series...