Way to show you want to win the division boys!
After winning 6 straight and taking a 7 game lead on the Central Division in the American League the Tigers fall a part. They lose 3 straight to the last place Kansas City Royals and the lead dwindles to 5 1/2. The Tigers actually got lucky though as the Minnesota Twins didn't exactly take advantage. They split the series with Toronto and only got a game and a half out of it and didn't give the Tigers their notorious late season fat burners.
After the sweep the Tigers "Magic Number" to make the playoffs, and win the division stands at 18 with 23 games left to play. Minnesota has 22. Which means a total of 18 wins by the Tigers, 18 losses by the Twins, or any combination of the two that equal 18 wins them the division.
The Tigers have to play Minnesota 6 more times the rest of the way, and the Chicago White Sox another 7 times. Chicago seems to have given up by trading awayhalf their team the last couple weeks, but are still hanging around at just 6 games back after all the roster moves.
The Twins also get to play the Kansas City Royals 6 out of their last 10 games which doesn't bode well for the Tigers at all.
Washburn is garbage also. Trade has been a disaster.