Last night, September 25, 2013, the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 and earned their third straight American League Central crown. It is the first time in the team's 112 year history that they have won three divisional titles in a row, although they did win three American league Pennants from 1907-1909 but failed to win a World Series title. The Tigers and their fans are certainly hoping this third straight divisional title puts he Tigers one step closer to the ultimate goal, the team's first World Series title since 1984.
This is only the third time in the team's long history as charter member of the AL to make the playoffs in consecutive years. Beyond the teams of the dead ball era the 1934 and 1935 Tigers made it to consecutive World Series winning one. Even the great teams of the 1980's could not make the playoffs consistently and in fact only made it to the post season twice ('84 and '87). After winning the 1968 World Series the team would not return to the post season till 1972.
This is the third straight trip to the MLB playoffs for the Tigers and the fourth overall trip since Manger Jim Leyland came to town. Their record there is not very good. They have played in two World Series and have just a 1-8 record in those two Fall Classics.
There are a number of questions about the roster moving toward post season play, but the Tigers have faired pretty well in the ALDS having a 9-5 record over there last three post season trips. They also have a 10-4 record in the ALCS over that same time period.