Re: i guess Detroit just can't hit against good pitching
posted at 9/5/2013 4:19 AM EDT
In response to Sheriff-Rojas' comment:
In response to jerrynewyork's comment:
Tigers scored a measly 8 runs in 3 game here at Fenway.
seotember 2011 is becomig a faded memory
In all fairness to Los Tigres, they played two out of three without the services of All-World Miggy, and they're kind of cruising to the finish line.
In fairness to Lester he out dueled Schrezer and did so with miggy in the lineup. The Tigers didn't roll over nor are they inept without Cabrera. Entering this series they were a game and a half behind us in the race for the best record. This was a hotly contested series with both teams playing hard...that Leyland sent Scherzer back out to try to get his 20th dispite trailing in the game showed you how much the Tigers wanted to win. Last nights game was no exception until the bomb by Middlebrooks opened the flood gates. From that point forward Leyland waved the white flag...
Trust me when the Tigers packed their gear and headed to the airport they left knowing the Sox are legit and a team they could well face in the ALCS. Given the results of this series with the Sox taking two of three they picked up another game in the race for the best record. Proved to the Tigers and themselves in beating the best pitcher in baseball that if they meet again no game is a lock for either squad. So if the Sox can hold serve and finish with the best record and the two teams meet in the post season game one will be at Fenway and this series win certainly helped our cause.
There's lot of baseball left to be played, but you have to like the Sox current position...To diminish what the Sox have a accomplished to date by suggesting the results would be different or the road would have been tougher had player X been in the lineup or had pitcher Z been scheduled. While in theory the argument does have merit. The reality is the schedule often dictates matchups and with more than 20 games left on the schdule. Every manager in the game who's teams are still in the hunt. Field the team that gives them the best chance to win on that day, with an eye on tomorrow. Because everyone of them knows to have a legit shot at going deep you have to enter the tournament with good health and a well rested bullpen...
On October the 2nd when the two NL team square off in the one game win or go home game...all bets are off and the tenor of play and the sense of purpose for the managers change. Managers are no longer looking to get length out of a starter, if the guys struggling the pen is up and ready.
During the ebb and flow of 162 game schedule you manage to get the best result possible from your roster...During the postseason you manage every out...