Detroit Tigers 09-10 Season Recap
There was hope that the Detroit Tigers would be a serious threat to win the American League Central division this year, but it quickly turned into a two-horse race between the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox.
First baseman Miguel Cabrera had a monster season before missing the last week or so with an injury. He led the team in just about every important offensive category, including average, home runs, RBI's and runs.
It seems like Cabrera has finally matured both on and off the field and realized what it takes to become a consistently great player at the major league level.
Justin Verlander turned in another solid season, finishing with a 3.37 ERA and a team-high 18 victories. He also led the club with 218 strikeouts and a 1.16 WHIP.
The good news is that the Tigers have generated some momentum heading into next season after dominating division opponents during the final two months of the year. That should give them plenty of confidence heading into 2011.
There's no reason Detroit can't be a factor in next year's division race, especially considering how weak the competition is in the A.L. Central. Some small upgrades here and there in the offseason should put them in good position to contend for a playoff spot.