A week ago, the Tigers were going to run away with the Central again. This week, all is doom and gloom.
The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between. Coming off a 6-1 homestand that saw the Tigers take first place with a sweep of the White Sox, Detroit went on the road and lost two three-game series in Cleveland and Toronto. That moves them 1 12 games back of Chicago, who have been beating everyone other than the Tigers.
The problem, not for the first time this season, has been the offense. Detroit averaged just three runs per game in Ohio and Ontario, wasting a performance by Doug Fister that should have won them the series in Cleveland. The addition of Omar Infante, acquired along with Anibal Sanchez last Monday from the Marlins, was supposed to boost the offense and defense, but that hasn't happened yet.
The problem with getting Infante and Sanchez is that both players are going to have to make the difficult adjustment from the National League to the American League. Prince...