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Column: What happened to the Detroit Tigers (and what's next)?

The Detroit Tigers came into the 2017 season with expectations aplenty. Nobody anticipated them to challenge the reigning American League champions, the Cleveland Indians. However, if they were to handle teams predicted to be worse than they were, they could very well slip into one of the wide-open wild-card spots. Therein lies the problem: nobody was worse than the Tigers in 2017.