By: Pat Caputo
The Tigers have a 5 1-2 game lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians in the American League Central, and the best record in the AL. However, there are still a few concerns. These are three of them.
1. The Tigers have been living a charmed life lately in regard to their schedule, but the current stretch of games, even though they are at home for the next two series, is a bit of a reality check. Oakland, which has three games remaining at Comerica Park this week, is a solid club with a deep bullpen, and the A’s hitters don’t get themselves out. The Tigers have routed the Indians this season, but Cleveland didn’t go away after being swept by the Tigers and the Tribe will be motivated this weekend. The Red Sox are only a half-game behind the Tigers for the best record in the AL, and that series is on the road.
2. The backend of the Tigers’ bullpen is questionable. Jose Alvarez and Jeremy Bonderman were shaky in the Tigers’ loss to the A’s Monday. Possible good news on that front: Veterans Octavio Dotel and Phil Coke have been performing well at Triple-A Toledo.
3. The Tigers could use more production offensively from the left field spot.