Interleague Play Preview: AL Central foes provide tough tasks for St. Louis

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May 9, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) gets set to bat in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers

STL plays: May 15-17 (Home)

Record: 19-13, 2nd in AL Central

Season outlook: Detroit pulled off one of this year’s hottest starts, starting their first 10 games with a 9-1 record. The Tigers have compiled great numbers from their offense (.272 BA) and starters (18 QS), but their bullpen and bench remain concerns, as the Tigers made several minor mistakes leading to a 2-1 home loss against the Royals on Sunday.

Key Players: Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera is 32 years old, but is still providing pop at the dish with a .325 batting average, six home runs and 21 RBI. David Price has four wins and is arguably one of the toughest southpaws in baseball right now, while closer-by-committee Joakim Soria has chipped in with 11 saves.

Prediction: Cardinals wins series 2-1 – that is – if St. Louis’ starting pitchers play up to Detroit’s rotation.