The Tigers need starting pitching.

Let me rephrase that.

They need quality, experienced starting pitching.

That's hardly breaking news. There are at least two dozen other teams right now lamenting over the same deficiency.

Whine all you wish regarding the gaping offensive hole at second base and how, again, the bottom third of the Tigers' batting order has become a bottomless pit. But their main priority as the trading deadline approaches in another two weeks is the reaffirmation that the goal isn't simply making it to the playoffs, but advancing to the World Series.