Listening to Detroit sports radio last night one could hardly tell that Saturday was a day when the Detroit Tigers won, and the Chicago White Sox lost. That is a doubly good day for the Tigers and their fans, and the magic number for the team’s second straight division title is a very attainable three. Of course, the Tigers have been frustratingly inconsistent this year and last night felt like a game they were going to give away.
Justin Verlander threw 7 innings of shutout ball, and was pulled from the game after hurling 117 pitches (76 of which were strikes). Given the uncertain health of Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello it seems reasonable that Tigers’ manger Jim Leyland would not take any chances with his work horse and error on the side of caution. Of course the game was 6-0 nothing at that point.
The bullpen has been an issue and Leyland’s management of it as also been a concern. However, last night Joaquin Benoit gave up a Grad Slam and to his credit Leyland went out and pulled him immediately. Earlier in 2012 just that may have not been the case.
However, regardless of how the win came it came and if this team can make the playoffs that slate will be erased and a brand new season will begin.
The White Sox continued an terrible season ending slide by losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4. The Sox are now 2-8 over their last ten and any chance at the post season is slipping through their fingers.
The Tigers lead the division by two, with four game to go.
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