What can I say? I like the Bernie Lean.
But I’m done with the As. The Tigers’ can win it any time as far as I’m concerned and while last night didn’t have any particular urgency, it’s not generally a good idea to face elimination on the road and you should avoid it if possible, more so since the Tigers have a terrible record Away.
If Tigers starter Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74 ERA) is healthy again there are those who say he’s as good as Verlander though I’ll have to see it to believe it. He’s opposed by rookie A.J. Griffin (7-1, 3.06 ERA) who will start for the A’s. His only loss came against the Tigers on September 18.
What’s been sputtering here is the offense. The Tigers are batting .268 and the As marginally worse. You would expect that against ‘great’ pitching, but neither team has shown much of that.
If the Tigers take it to tomorrow Verlander comes riding in on his white horse. I’m sure Leyland would rather not have to and set up a proper rotation for the Championship Series.
This game is being carried in it’s entirety on TNT. Don’t forget to change the channel when the Yankees are done.
I will be temporarily unavailable during the day tomorrow. I will put the Playoff Diaries on pre-post and TheMomCat will update as her time allows. I think at the moment that we’ll cover the VP Debate with an Open Thread and some analysis Friday.
My thinking is that I can always catch the repeats if it seems sufficiently interesting.