If there was one manager in baseball who should be rewarded for what he's done this season, Jim Leyland is that guy. He has piloted this Detroit Tigers team, who had no business making the playoffs, to the top of the American League Central standings for much of the 2009 season. This team's pride and joy lies in the pitching staff, where a dominant trio of Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson, and Rick Porcello have single-handedly won this team several games. However, on the other end of the spectrum lies the Tigers' offense, which has been all but invisible throughout much of the season. Only Miguel Cabrera has a batting average over .300 this season, with Magglio Ordonez coming alive as of late just short at .297. Curtis Granderson, the team's leadoff hitter, is in the midst of his worst off ...
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