The Tigers have a couple other superstars in Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder, but you really can’t argue with a triple crown. Miguel Cabrera had a historic season, hitting .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI, leading all those categories to win the first triple crown since 1967. Cabrera anchored an inconsistent lineup with a number of memorable performances this season, leading Detroit to an AL Central title by a narrow margin over the White Sox. After such an amazing year, the main question is whether he can ride all that momentum straight into the playoffs.
The Tigers may have had the least impressive season among AL playoff teams (88-74), but they’re a very dangerous team. They have Verlander, who just finished another Cy Young-caliber season, along with formidable starters Max Scherzer and Doug Fister. With Cabrera leading the way on offense, the Tigers have the potential to do some damage in this year’s postseason.