The Royals are trying their best to spoil the Tigers' chance at winning the AL Central title once again. K.C. prevented the Tigers from the crown in 2006 and has beat Detroit the past two days.
The Royals are trying their best to spoil the Tigers’ chance at winning the AL Central title once again. K.C. prevented the Tigers from the crown in 2006 and has beat Detroit the past two days.

In 2006, all the Detroit Tigers needed to do was knock off the lowly Kansas City Royals to win the AL Central Division title.  They had just swept the Royals they weekend earlier and were playing in the final home series of the regular season but were unable to beat KC. The Royals swept the Tigers and that allowed the Minnesota Twins to finish a game ahead of them for the AL Central title. Luckily, that year the Tigers got the wild card and things worked out just fine as they beat the Yankees in the ALDS and swept Oakland in the ALCS before falling to St. Louis in the World Series.

This year, the Tigers won’t be so lucky and losses to the Royals might end up costing them the AL Central again. Detroit entered this series coming on a high, having just swept Tampa Bay on the road to build a season-high 7 game lead in the Central. But losses the past two nights to the Royals and are in danger of being swept (the Tigers currently trail the series finale 5-4 in the 7th inning) aren’t helping the cause to win the division. With three more games against the Royals at Copa next week, the Tigers will need to win these games to hang on for the division.

I still fell confident in Detroit’s chances, since Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox haven’t been able to gain much ground. But history has taught us, you can’t count Minnesota out until they are mathematically eliminated. That is why it is imperative for the Tigers to take care of business and win every game they possibly can over the final few weeks of the season.

Above photo taken by the Associated Press

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