The Indians are a contender. Yes these last four days have been as long and torturous as a Jean Claude Van Damme movie, but they are behind the Indians. Yes the Tigers are clearly the class of the AL Central and this is true for a few different reasons: Miguel Cabrera (really just the middle of the order in general), the consistency of their rotation, and shockingly their bullpen.
Yes a bullpen we decried from early March as being our strength and their Achilles' heel. The Tigers bullpen has an ERA of 3.84 a FIP of 3.38 and increased stability since the deadline.
Whereas, the Indians is one that is competing for a bottom five ranking with an ERA of 4.01 and a FIP of 4.02 (as of Thursday night at 10:30).
Middle of the Order
In reality this is probably the most frequently highlighted differentiation between the two ball clubs and it has some validity, depending on your thoughts surrounding lineup depth versus top-heavy talent.
To date the middle of Detroit’s order has far outperforme...