After holding onto first place all the way up until the day before the All-star break, the Tigers took to losing after losing Maggs for the season in the 2nd half. Never really getting back in it after the AS break, the Tigers have hovered around .500 most of the second half and have been out of contention for a couple months now.
Chicago went on a huge run leading up to the AS break and made a nice run at the division before literally falling a part over the last month to give way to none other than the Minnesota Twins. They went out and got a little help with Manny Ramirez to try and seal the deal last month, but couldn't ever get back to the top. Minnesota swept them last week to all but end their hopes, and Detroit finished them off this weekend with another 3 game sweep.
Tigers fans have little to cheer for at this point in the season, and probalby could better spend their time at coloncleanseresearch.com, but at least we have a few things to still keep an eye on. Two f the guys we got in the Granderson trade are still of note as the season winds down. Max Scherzer has shown after a rocky start that he indeed has a nice future in Detroit with some fantastic performances the last few months. Super rookie, Austin JAckson is still one of the front runners for the Rookie of the Year award, but should be the leader for it. His only real competition is a rookie closer from Texas, which if you asked me is a ridiculous position to give major awards to.
We still have Miggy Cabrera to enjoy every night as well. While the fall in the standings probably ended his MVP run for the season he still has had an MVP type year for the Tigers. It's nice to know that we have one of the best hitters in baseball to watch every time we want to catch a game and that he is going to be here for quite a long time to come.