ALDS Preview: Tigers vs Athletics
The Athletics, on the other hand, are led by lesser known players like Josh Donaldson, Jed Lowrie, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick, and Coco Crisp. Their pitching staff is anchored by 40-year-old Bartolo Colon, rookie Sonny Gray, and 24-year-olds Dan Straily and Jarrod Parker.
Still, the A's and Tigers managed to win 96 and 93 games, respectively, and will now match up in the ALDS for the right to advance to the ALCS. Here's the schedule for this series:
Game 1: Friday, October 4, 9:37 p.m. (Televised on TBS)
Tigers (Max Scherzer) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon)
Game 2: Saturday, October 5, 5:37 p.m. (TBS)
Tigers (Justin Verlander) at Athletics (Sonny Gray)
Game 3: Monday, October 7, time TBD (TBS)
Athletics (Jarrod Parker) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez)
Game 4, if necessary: Tuesday, October 8, time TBD (TBS)
Athletics (Dan Straily) at Tigers (Doug Fister)
Game 5, if necessary: Thursday, October 10, time TBD (TBS)
Tigers (Scherzer) at Athletics (Colon)
As great as the Athletics' story is this year, I think the Tigers' star power will be too much for them to overcome in this series. The Tigers' pitching staff contains 3 pretty legit pitchers (Scherzer, Verlander, Sanchez) who are all capable of pitching at a Cy Young level at any given time. The Athletics, on the other hand, have extremely young and unproven pitchers. I'm guessing that their first chance on the big stage won't be successul. My prediction: Tigers in 4.
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