What’s wrong with the Motor City Kitties?

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 Whats wrong with the Motor City Kitties?

It was January 24, 2012. On this fateful day, there was a signing that sent shockwaves across Major League Baseball. In a mega deal, the Detroit Tigers reached into their deep pockets and got the second biggest price of the free agent season. Of course, upon signing one of the best hitters in the league in Prince Fielder, the next logical step seemed obvious. Roll through the American League Central, and have everyone home on their couches watching them celebrate in October. But, it hasn’t quite happened that way. In one of the more bizarre storylines of this baseball season, the team that many called unbeatable at the beginning of the year has looked entirely mortal, tripping out of the gate at a mediocre 28-32, and they should consider themselves fortunate to be in the Central, where they are only 6 games back of the Indians and White Sox. But what happened?

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Well, for one thing, this isn’t the Tigers lineup that was available last year. As much as people want to point to how well Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are hitting, that still isn’t really comparing to what they had last year, especially down the stretch with Cabrera nearly achieving a triple crown, Jhonny Peralta having an All-Star season and Victor Martinez providing a lethal .330 batting average in the number 9 spot.

Also, you have to look at the fact that there is no way that Justin Verlander and Jose Valverde could have seasons quite like the ones they had last year. They were bound to cool off a little. However, while both of them have faltered a little bit, the Tigers set-up guys and the expected 2nd and 3rd starters in their rotation. Read more here…

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