Don’t look now, but the Detroit Tigers are showing signs of competence.
Their 6-3 victory over the Royals on Tuesday, coupled with the Guardians 11-7 loss to the Reds, moved the Tigers to second in the AL Central. This marked the first time that they had been in second since June, and would mark the first time they would finish better than third since 2016. While it may not seem like much, it could be a step in the right direction.
Detroit Tigers rebuild showing signs of success
Such a finish could be a sign of things to come. The Tigers have found pieces for their pitching staff, with Tarik Skubal and Reese Olson looking like potential building blocks. Casey Mize should be back and healthy for the 2024 campaign, adding another solid arm even if Eduardo Rodriguez opts out. A quartet of young, controllable arms gives Detroit a solid core in the bullpen. Another piece or two could give the Tigers a formidable pitching staff going forward, especially if Matt Manning ever stays healthy.
There are pieces in the lineup as well. Spencer Torkelson is starting to show that he could be the power threat the Tigers hoped for. Riley Greene appears to be an emerging star. Kerry Carpenter could be more than a league average designated hitter type. While the Tigers lineup needs work, there are enough pieces for the basis of a solid group.
Other pieces are making their way through the minors to help supplement the major league roster. Although those prospects are hardly a given, the foundation appears to be close for the next contending roster. A second place finish may not seem like much, but it is something to build on. The Tigers are getting closer.
The Detroit Tigers moved up to second place heading into Wednesday. It could be something to build on going forward.