Don't Stop Believin'
The real story from last night has to be Justin Verlander. It's just not last night either. Some guys wilt when the bright lights go on. Some guys are money. Verlander obviously falls into the latter category. His line for the ALDS: 15 IP, 6 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 21 K's. He only had maybe 3 or 4 starts all season where he was that dominant and never back to back, as I recall. Truth be told, I was looking at him as poison during the regular season, but he sure has summoned up his old self for the postseason. That's how you become a legend.
In the end, I don't think the Tigers have enough to get past the Red Sox in the ALCS. They're going to need Fister and/or Sanchez to carry a heavy load, and I'm not sure either of those guys can do it. I also think that, eventually, that Tigers pen is going to cost them at least 1 game in this series, and when we're talking about needing only 4 wins to close a team out, 1 will usually be enough to make the difference. It's also not going to help the Tigers the Miggy is hurting. He can bounce all the balls he wants off The Monster in Boston. They're just going to end up being singles, and he could also end up being a liablity in the field with no range. I sure do hope it's a good series though.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL (2-1 last night)
CINCINNATI (-20 1/2) over Temple - I think we'll see a mad bunch of Bearcats tonight after they laid an egg in Tampa last week against S. Florida. Temple doesn't have anything to fight back with, but one of the reasons I won't be on this game is because of Coach Tuberville. He has this maddening way of only being concerned with doing enough to get the win, it seems, and not being worried about letting the dogs off the chain to cover big numbers. This one is a pass.
And that's all there is for this Friday, folks. Have a great night, be careful out there and I'll see you bright and early in the A.M. with another big slate of college football games.