Detroit Sports

Three Things We Learned After Game 1 Of ALDS


The Detroit Tigers got off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning off of Oakland ace Bartolo Colon in last night’s game one of the ALDS. It would prove to be all of the offense that the Tigers would get and would need as Max Scherzer was in typical Scherzer form by striking out 11 and giving up only two runs. After the game, I began to think about a few things that we could take away from what we saw:

Offense will need to be a complete team effort

There were many times this season where the Tigers were able to lean on one or two players to provide all of the offense that they would need to win a game. Most notably is Miguel Cabrera. Though Cabrera was able to get an RBI single in the first, he failed to reach base at all after that single and we are not seeing any of the power we are accustomed to with Miggy. The entire team is going to need to chip in offensively, especially Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez if the Tigers are going to continue to win in this series and future series. Still don’t be surprised if Cabrera does get some extra base power because after all, he is the best hitter on the planet and is still better than most players even when he is playing no where near 100%.

Starting pitching will be key for the Tigers

Max Scherzer showed everyone last night what dominating pitching can do in the playoffs. He was able to out duel the opposing team’s ace and the three runs that he was given in the first had to of looked like 10 to Oakland knowing who they were going against. The trouble for Oakland and other teams is that after you get done facing Scherzer, you have to face former Cy Young Winner and MVP Justin Verlander followed by Anibal Sanchez who is sure to get some Cy Young votes this season. Throw Doug Fister at the end of that rotation, and you have a starting four that is capable of carrying a team to a World Series title especially with the shaky bullpen that the Tigers have.

We might all have a heart attack by the time the World Series ends

If you weren’t stressing to the max during the 7th-9th innings last night then you truly have no soul. The worst part about that… was only the first game of the playoffs. This might be the most stressful series for the Tigers because Oakland matches up very well with Detroit and even when Oakland is down by a few runs, they always believe that they will come back. Hold on Tigers fans because this is going to be a crazy fun post season ride!


About Brett D'Angelo

Oakland University graduate and die hard fan of all Detroit sports, though I am more of a Red Wings fan than anything.

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  1. Andy Gels

    October 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I have to disagree about being stressed late in the game though. Yeah, Moss can easily hit one out of there and Cespedes did burn us, but Benoit is just way too reliable of a closer to let that happen that easily. GO TIGERS!!!

  2. Matt Towers

    October 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

    The World Series is over and the Super Bowl is nearly over

  3. Bob Schoenberg

    October 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

    brinkman may cost us a game by doing stupid things like last nite

  4. Tim Nellie Dibler LePard

    October 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I learned that TBS announcers are ABSOLUTELY biased and idiots. The most BORING monotone voices I have ever heard, and I swear they are trying to ruin the experience of Post Season for my Tigers and all they have worked for.

  5. Jim McMahon

    October 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I concluded that we have no speed

  6. Terry Hinds

    October 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    TBS SUCKS- GO TIGERS!!- they don’t even have a pitch count- idiots!

  7. Rob Perry

    October 5, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Do we have same announcers? In at point in about to turn on radio

  8. Go Blue

    October 5, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Bench dirks

  9. Terry Hinds

    October 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

    we also need a catcher- one that can throw out peeps stealing- time for avila to go

  10. Johnny Young

    October 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Tbs announcers are terrible…apparently if the ball beats you to the base you are automatically out even if you touch the bag first

  11. Johnny Young

    October 5, 2013 at 11:55 am

    They do, its on the top of the crappy K-zone they have up at all tiimes even though it looks like the most innacurate stirkezone ever

  12. Rob Perry

    October 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

    My favorite is when they said it was right decision to send V mart in sixth inning with ONE OUT!

  13. Terry Hinds

    October 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

    is THAT what that was- could barely read it- their format for stats suck

  14. Todd Diamond

    October 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Johnny should have started layland should be fired

  15. Todd Diamond

    October 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Dirk sucks

  16. Kevin Kujat

    October 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

  17. Joe Huff

    October 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Dirks sucks. V-mart is slow. Tori had a dedede moment. Hitters need to add more runs. That good enough lol :p

  18. Holly Horne

    October 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Fundamentals – fielding pitching hitting catching offense and has to be all together…practice a poem: see the ball hit the ball hit the ball over the wall…see the base steal. the base run run run race race race
    now lets go tigers!

  19. Gary Strnad

    October 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    They won.

  20. Tom Paulan

    October 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Get rid of Iglesias, the kid can not hit. Jhonny at short

  21. Davey Pants

    October 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    …i had my radio on 75% of the time, i couldn’t stand them for 60 seconds…they should really get Rod and/or Mario to join in too during playoffs.

  22. Bill Joseph

    October 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    The real reason they have kept Johnny is if miggy becomes unable to play due to his injury she would then start at 3 rd

  23. Bill Joseph

    October 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm


  24. Alec Blake Petrelak

    October 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Dirks had much better numbers against Colon than Peralta and Leyland’s led this team to three straight playoff appearances for the first time in over 100 years so he must be doing something right

  25. Alec Blake Petrelak

    October 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Has you seen Avila’s batting average since the ASG or our record with him in the lineup vs when we have other catchers in there? Avila stays right where he is for now

  26. Jay Whitmore

    October 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    My heart was racing at the end. Specially the way our lineup swung the bat in the top of the 9th. That was horrible.

  27. Terry Hinds

    October 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    just saying….. there are BETTER catchers out there. but fer now yes, we are stuck with him- at least his bat has awoken

  28. Bill Joseph

    October 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Leyland needs to start peralta at 3rd and Dh mig and put Martinez as catcher

  29. Alec Blake Petrelak

    October 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    He batted .303 this season and plays great defense. Peralta isn’t starting at short unless Jose gets injured

  30. Bill Joseph

    October 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Leland is smart he’s gonna use peralta pinch hitting situations and he’s there incase miggy goes out which you guys don’t relise how close he is to being out for the season

  31. Bill Joseph

    October 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Dame spell check

  32. Tom Paulan

    October 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    .300 on bunts and infield hits, he’s the worst hitter we’ve ever seen in a Tigers uniform.

  33. Adrian VanderMolen

    October 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    You’re CRAZY. He can hit, and he plays amazing, incredible defense.

  34. Tom Paulan

    October 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    .193 batting average since September 1st. I guess this shuts you people up. He’s a liability at the plate and his fielding average is worse than Peralta’s. No power, can’t drive the ball.

  35. Jeff Smith

    October 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Lol get rid of your best defensive player? Your nuts

  36. Tom Paulan

    October 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Quit believing all the hype from Rod and Mario. If he was that good, Boston would not have dumped him. He can’t it, he’s made 2 good plays defensively and he’s botched other plays for mental errors for not getting the cut off throw right

  37. Gary Sonberger

    October 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I learned that having a great group of so called hitters does nothing for a team. To fn streaky.