Tigers Rollercoaster Season Comes to Fittingly Bizarre End
Over the course of the regular season, the Tigers constantly flirted with two completely opposing identities. When they lost 8 of their last 10 games in April, they looked like the Over-Spenders, the team that was being punished for trying to buy a World Series. Then there were other moments – most of which in September – when the Tigers truly looked like an all-out powerhouse. Runs were coming in from places other than the 3 and 4 spots, and the starters were all at the top of their game.
Then the postseason came along, and it couldn’t have more aptly served as a microcosmic representation of the Tigers season as a whole.
After being on the verge of closing out the Athletics in 4 games, a blown save brought the Tigers down to another low. Then Verlander came in to save the day. Right after that series, game one of the ALCS featured as dynamic a spectrum of momentum as the team faced all season. After the Yankees looked dead and gone for 8 innings, the 9th came along and the Tigers appeared on the verge of being cursed yet again for their happy spending – albeit against an even happier spender. But lo and behold, the Tigers came back in extras and then followed up game one with three straight dominant performances. There it was again: one minute destined to fail, the next minute World Series Frontrunners.
But those four games just didn’t come soon enough and once they arrived, it seemed to all be over in the blink of an eye. Everything that went right in the Yankees series went wrong against the Giants. It was the two-headed monster of the Tigers season and unfortunately for the Detroit faithful, the more valiant one came and went a series too soon.