In undefeated, I mean these next two games. Since they have decided to make it a lot more interesting in the AL Central than it needs to be, the Tigers will need to win both of their remaining games to clinch the division. If they do not, they could let the Twins slip into that division lead. And therefore give the Twins a playoff birth. The Twins have been playing well of late and they could easily beat the Royals a couple more times. Last night they won 10-7. Today won’t be as easy a task as the Royals send Zack Greinke to the mound. He is beatable but I wouldn’t count on it. It will most certainly be a challenge. As far as the Tigers go, they better get their pitching scenario figured out.
Last night, Edwin Jackson, who has been all but and All Star quality pitcher since the All Star break, went five innings and gave up eight runs. It was another terrible performance from Jackson who the Tigers desperately need to get back up to speed if they want to go anywhere in the playoffs, assuming they make it. Right now, the only consistency in that Tigers rotation is Verlander and Porcello. Jackson hasn’t been there, the recently added Jarod Wahsburn hasn’t pitched all that well since being aquired and Jeremy Bonderman has just had a run in with the Twins series. It’s gonna be a tight race no matter what but the pitching is key for the Tigers right now.
Regardless off who was pitching last night, the Tigers offense has been good enough to rely on recently but last night, Jake Peavy shut them out. Peavy has really shown what he can do against a quality offense. The White Sox are really looking forward to having the Jake Peavy of last night next year. He will be a big part of that team. Here’s a quick prediction for next year… watch out for the White Sox.
The Tigers have had a long and grinding year. They have been in the talk of the city’s troublesome economy and how they have brought hope to the city. If they make the playoffs this year, that will be the icing on the cake for that city which is really in need of something special. Now, if they make the playoffs, they will have the uneasy task of playing the Yankees in the first round. It won’t be easy and it probably won’t end well for the Tigers but the fact that they made it to the playoffs will be a great thing for the Detroit citizens.
Honestly, I am rooting for the Tigers to get in. But it really comes down to winning. They can’t rely on the Twins losing since they are playing a weak Royals team. They NEED to win and need to win now. A one game lead is nothing to stand by at this point.
Today, the Tigers have rookie Alfredo Figaro going. It will be the biggest game of his life, at leas at this point, and he will be asked to go out and give a phenominal outing. They really need the pitching. I can’t stress that enough.