Hopefully, we’ll see both of these guys celebrate like this for a Division Title.
If my love of Lafayette style coneys, Mexican town tacos, or Comerica Park hot dogs doesn’t kill me first, then these Cardiac Cats will. This season has been wilder than the Top Thrill Dragster in Cedar Point. For some reason, these Detroit Tigers feel obligated to make their fans live and die every night with disappointed or jubilant commentary from good ol’ Mario Impemba and Rod Allen.
However, these last few days have been a definite peak. After getting swept by the Angels over the weekend, the outlook did not look good for the Tigers heading into the most important series of the season: a four gamer in Chicago against the division leading White Sox.
Rick Porcello looked great through 5 innings and I actually was starting to reconsider my stance on trading him during the Winter Meetings but after he gave up a three run homer, I could only think of what prospects we could get back for him. The Tigers offense looked stale and just plain failed to produce as the first game was an embarrassing, 6-1 loss.
But fast forward to Thursday’s finale between Justin Verlander and Chris Sale, and the Tigers seem primed to take a share of first place with a win. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s victories definitely turned the tide in Detroit’s favor and kept hopes of an AL Central Title alive.
Things are looking up for the Tigers as after they finish with Chicago, they head to Cleveland to face the lowly Indians. Progressive Field hasn’t always been the best place for the Tigers in September. If Detroit can capitalize on the shift in momentum and continue their winning ways, then a division crown might not seem so far away. But if the Tigers fail to dominate against lesser teams (getting swept by Kansas City and Los Angeles), it will come back to haunt them.
Either way, the last two days saved the team from my disinterest. Lions football started on Sunday and if things go bad enough, it might ONLY be football season in Detroit until Spring Training.
The Tigers take on the White Sox in the series finale tonight at 8:10 pm at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Justin Verlander (13-8 2.91 ERA) faces off against Chris Sale (16-6 2.88 ERA)….The Tigers trail the White Sox by 1 game in the AL Central…The Tigers are 5 games out of the Wild Card race behind first place Oakland and Baltimore/New York, who are tied for the AL East….The Tigers face Cleveland for a three game series this coming weekend and have Monday, September 17th off before facing the Oakland A’s at Comerica Park for a three game series.