Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Best sign yet the Tigers are going to win the A.L. Central

The Tigers win Tuesday is the kind teams that reach the postseason routinely procure.
A really good outing by the starting pitcher (Doug Fister), a gutsy call by the manager that turns out for the best (Jim Leyland using setup man Joaquin Benoit instead of closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning of a tie game at home) and improbable heroes (slumping Magglio Ordonez delivering the tying hit with two outs and backup infielder Ramon Santiago a walk-off home run).
And the meaning of the victory. If the Tigers had lost it would have been their third straight defeat against clubs considerably below .500. The White Sox would have just been four games back.
Huge win. Certainly one of the biggest of the season, and perhaps the best sign yet the Tigers won't collapse down the stretch this time.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is a great example why the tigs are better off with Inge and Maggs rather than without. These guys might be past their prime, but they are proven big leaguers and I would be more trusting of them to come of the bench to make a play than one of the AAAA players they've carried over the past couple of years. Even looking back a month ago, Maggs hit a home run off Jerad Weaver. I don't think Casper Wells or any of these other guys could do have done that on their best day.

Lil Rob

5:19 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6 games up with 26 remaining.
Remaining schedule:

8 games vs. weak teams Orioles, Athletics for Inter-division

18 games vs. Intra-division including:

o 3 vs. KC
o 6 vs. Chisox
o 6 vs. Indians
o 3 vs. Twins

If Tigers don't seal this deal, no fault but their own.

5:58 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Lil Rob,
I think Ordonez will help them down the stretch. Not so sure about Inge. He just hasn't played well.

11:47 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Road games in Oakland will be interesting. A's do have some decent pitching.

11:48 AM 

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