Tigers Sitting Second at All-Star Break
Their roadtrip finished 6-5 and while an over .500 roadtrip is great with opponents like Toronto and Cleveland on the docket, this Tigers team leaves a little something to be desired heading into the All-Star break.
The Tigers record sits at 46-43, six and a half games back of Cleveland, a team that has handed Detroit 11 of those 43 losses. Nearly 25%. They also sit four games back of the second wild card spot currently occupied by the Blue Jays they just lost to. Eight teams are within five and a half games of the two AL Wild Card spots.
Under Brad Ausmus, the Tigers sit at a record of 67-77 in the second half of the season in two years (37-34, 30-43). The Tigers will need to be better than their history coming in to the second half this year. Their noted woes against Cleveland and streaky play do not bode well for a team vying for a playoff berth at this moment.
Some rest might do the Tigers good, after Ian Kinsler lost the all-star game final vote, only Miguel Cabrera will take part in the festivities in San Diego this week.
One thing is for certain if the Tigers and Tigers fans want to see a postseason for the 5th time in the last six years, a hot start will be needed and have to be maintained to distance themselves from a very cluttered pack.