Cleveland Indians: Analyzing the Rest of the AL Central

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May 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23), right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (8) and catcher Yan Gomes (10) celebrate after scoring on a double hit by Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (not pictured) during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
May 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23), right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (8) and catcher Yan Gomes (10) celebrate after scoring on a double hit by Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (not pictured) during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 27, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) receives congratulations from designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) after he hits a three run home run in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) receives congratulations from designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) after he hits a three run home run in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers

Sooner or later, the Detroit Tigers are going to have to break down and rebuild.

Missing the playoffs in both of the past two seasons and having a core of players that are only getting older, the Tigers only going to continue to see their success diminish.

While only losing one notable player in Cameron Maybin, the team still has a huge question mark at catcher and in the outfield. The starting rotation could also pose issues, as only Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer turned in successful 2016 seasons.

The Tigers will still thrive on the long ball with Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton in the middle of their lineup. Ian Kinsler will also likely be a solid producer at the top of the lineup.

The Tigers would have made the playoffs last season if it were not for a 4-14 record against the Indians. With the additions the Indians have made this offseason, the Tigers will once again have issues with their intra-division foes.

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