In many ways, the Detroit Tigers' season ended July 24 when Magglio Ordonez broke his ankle while sliding into home plate in the third inning. A few innings later, Carlos Guillen departed with a severe enough calf strain to hit the disabled list as well, where he joined not only Ordonez but also Brandon Inge, who had suffered a fractured metacarpal the previous week. The devastation wrought by this injury stack left the Tigers with a lineup half-full of Triple-A fodder, one which was no-hit by Matt Garza two nights later.
The Tigers did look good early -- they spent much of the first half in second place, trailing the Minnesota Twins, then surpassed the Twins for a bit. Then, through Sunday, they lost 15 of 19 games, saw their playoff odds plummet, and are presently looking up at the Twins and the Chicago White Sox; they're seven games back in the AL Central.
Can they get back in this thing? All signs point to no.