Craig Remsburg column: Tigers should be better

They were 23-17 heading into Saturday night’s game, tied at the top of the American League’s Central Division with a majority of the regular season to go.

Still, the Detroit Tigers better get it in gear or face missing the postseason.

Simply put, the Tigers should be doing better than they have to date. The team is too talented to be where it’s at right now.

When you have three of the top players in all of baseball – Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander – you should be at or near the top in win-loss record, too.

Add Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, Torii Hunter and Jhonny Peralta and you have a lineup hard to beat.

But the Tigers have been inconsistent. Without woeful Houston on the schedule, Detroit is a .500 team.

That just doesn’t cut it.

Cabrera – especially – and Fielder are playing well. So are Verlander – despite Thursday’s debacle in Texas – and Scherzer.

Too many Tigers have struggled. Andy Dirks. Alex Avila. Victor Martinez. And especially Rick Porcello. The bullpen, other than Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly, has been inconsistent at times and erratic at other times.

It’s puzzling the Tigers aren’t doing better than they are. At least they aren’t major failures like the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers are to date.

But they don’t have as good a record as the New York Yankees, either, who have been plagued by numerous injuries to start the season.

Is it a lack of team leadership with the Tigers? A lack of intensity? Or are they just overrated?

Whatever it is, it’s frustrating to see them not playing as well as they should as a team.

Here’s hoping they get things sorted out and start winning the way most fans and media pundits think they should.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is