DETROIT -- It's not the situation the Tigers hoped to be in at this point, but there's no denying it.
With 16 games to go heading into Tuesday night's game against the Oakland A's, the Tigers are three games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American Leagues Central Division.
Manager Jim Leyland points out that at this time last year, the St. Louis Cardinals were 4 12 games back in the wild card race.
"If we win games, we've got a shot," Leyland said succinctly. "If not, we don't. A lot can happen in a week's time. But you've got to win games."
Then Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa is one of Leyland's best friends, and Leyland remembers speaking with him last year at this time.
"Well, they just kept playing, just like were going to do," Leyland said. "Just keep playing because you never know whats going to happen.
"I mean, we put ourselves in the position were in, so you live with that, but you gotta ...