Why did so much go wrong with Tigers?

The 2006 World Series is a mismatch.

I believed it last week, I believed it yesterday and I believe it today. Which isn't to say I'm all that surprised by the results thus far. The biggest mismatch in World Series history arguably was in 1906, when the 116-win Cubs faced the White Sox. The Sox won in six games. In 1990, the dynastic A's played the upstart Reds ... and got swept. If you're terribly surprised by anything that happens in October, you haven't been paying much attention to old Octobers.

Still, we're curious creatures and we can't help but wonder if we missed something when we predicted a relatively easy time for the Tigers in this World Series. So in that spirit of wonder, let's look at three seasons: the last one, this one and the next one.