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MLB analyst 'Mad Dog' picks Tigers to win 2017 World Series

DETROIT – Most of the conversation swirling around the Detroit Tigers this offseason centered on whether they should begin a complete rebuild, or whether they're good enough to compete for a playoff spot.

But Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo took expectations to another level.

During his MLB Network afternoon show, "High Heat," on Friday, Russo picked the Tigers win the World Series over the Mets in seven games.

The Tigers? Really?

"For Mr. I. I like the Tigers at 25/1," Russo said. "Remember, I had the Indians and I also had the Giants in 2010. I'm good at this."

The Tigers are widely considered one of the many teams in contention for a wildcard spot this season, as the defending American League champion Indians are expected to win the AL Central Division.

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"I'll take the Tigers to win the whole thing," Russo said. "Why not? I'm part of the Avila family. They watch every day. I'll put the whammy on them right off the bat. They're you go Al. You're going to win the whole thing."

Detroit and Cleveland are considered the only two playoff contenders in the Central, with Boston, Toronto and Baltimore battling for the East and Houston, Texas and Seattle duking it out in the West.