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…..it 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!