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Three reasons the Detroit Tigers WON’T win the 2016 World Series

 

[tps_header]The Detroit Tigers come into the 2016 season with lofty expectations once again after rebuilding their bullpen from the ground up, and adding two high priced free agents. While the new additions are certainly enough to push this team to that elusive World Series title, there are many factors that can work against them and keep them from adding another trophy to the case. We take a look at three of the biggest reasons why the Tigers won’t win the World Series in 2016.[/tps_header]

[tps_title]Age/Health[/tps_title]

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The Tigers are a team with an aging core that has trouble staying healthy the past few seasons. Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez are all still considered some of the best the game has to offer, but their health has been a big question mark. While Verlander and Cabrera are healthy and ready to go this season, they both missed significant time in 2015. Cabrera was still able to win the AL batting title, and Verlander started to look like the ace of old towards the end of the season. What their injuries proved though, is that the Tigers are weak without them. Due to the injuries, the team fell behind in the standings and never recovered.

Martinez has already suffered a hamstring injury this Spring Training, just a year after a knee injury sidelined him for most of the 2015 season and contributed to his worst professional season to date. Martinez is a key player in the lineup for the Tigers. Without him, the lineup gets much shorter and opposing teams have easier matchups to shorten games.

The players ages come into play here as well. Being in their mid to late thirties slwos the healing process, and an injury that should only take a week to recover could take longer, or even worse, become a recurring injury.

While the Tigers are better suited in 2016 to weather the storm of an injury, if one or more of these players are to go down with a long term injury, especially Cabrera, it could derail the Tigers season and end any hope of a World Series title.

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