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Charting the Central Division: Hot Run Helps Detroit Tigers Distance Themselves from Competition

May 8th, 2014 at 11:27 AM
By Max DeMara

During the season, we'll keep fans updated on the chase for the American League Central Division by charting the Detroit Tigers' competition.

Since the last update, the Detroit Tigers have ripped off an impressive eight game winning streak, helping to gain some early breathing room in the Central Division.

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As the rest of the division struggles to hang around the .500 mark, the Tigers have blasted out early, leading the division by five full games over the White Sox and as many as 7.5 over the Indians.  Even for a team no stranger to leading the division, the quick start has been a boon.

Chicago White Sox (18-17): Feasting at the expense of their in-city rivals, the White Sox have gotten hot against the Cubs both home and away, winning four in a row. In the division, though, they have struggled, dropping last week's home series to the Tigers in ugly fashion. They'll need to keep the offense rolling to make up ground.

Kansas City Royals (16-17): A west coast trip to San Diego has helped the Royals get back their footing a bit after a rough weekend against Detroit. Kansas City has won two games in a row, and have pulled themselves up a bit since the disastrous sweep. The reason? Starting pitching has been much better.

Minnesota Twins (15-17): After a nice stretch, the Twins have run into some rough luck in Cleveland, where they've lost two games in a row, the most recent coming via a tough walk off hit. Without Joe Mauer, the sledding has been a bit tough, and things won't get easier with a trip to Detroit up next.

Cleveland Indians (15-19): Following some rough games featuring a lack of offense and clutch pitching, the Indians have won two in a row against Minnesota, helping them climb back up out of the cellar. Considering they're four games below .500, it's a long way up from the bottom to respectability, let alone catching the Tigers.

Max DeMara is a contributor for @Pistons_101 and @tigers_101. Follow each to connect with him there on Twitter.

Tags: Baseball, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, MLB

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