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The AL Central is going down to the wire

Oct 3, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

The Tigers had a three game lead with four to play.  No team in that position has ever failed to make the playoffs.  With their loss last night and the Twins’ win, the Tigers are threatening to make history. According to a couple of game reports I read, they were even getting some boos. Boos? Really? But everything I read has told me that the Tigers are totally saving Detroit.  Ingrates.

The good news for Detroit is that the Twins have to face Zack Greinke this afternoon, while the Tigers get Freddy Garcia.  If things go according to expectations, Detroit will pop some champagne this evening.  If Minnesota beats up Greinke, however, the Twins will start to give off that team-of-destiny stench.

Yes, the Tigers could still win the division tomorrow if they had to, but they really don’t want to take it that far.  For one thing, the matchups don’t favor them: the Twins will face Luke Hochevar while the Tigers face Jon Danks.

Another reason why tonight is a must-win (and a Twins must-lose) for Detroit? Because if Detroit has to play to win tomorrow, they’ll have to run Justin Verlander out against the White Sox.  That would make him unavailable to pitch in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees, and if the Tigers make it that far, they’ll want to be able to start with their ace.

Of course, with things going the way they are, they’ll be thanking their lucky stars if they have to worry about ALDS matchups.

  1. John Pileggi - Oct 4, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    The Twins are a wonderful feel good story. A well run organization certainly (the Marlins know this as well) makes up for a lack of cash. Joe Mauer is everyone’s All American and Cuddyer, Morneau, and Span look like they are having a really good time. And, the fans in Minnesota love that team. Here is hoping that the Twins take the Central and make the last season at HHH Dome a memorable one.

  2. Alfonso Glascott - Jan 21, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Well, it’s been about two years since I even thought about these things. Brings some ideas to mind and also reminds me I need to get off my rear. You perhaps didn’t intend it that way, but I’m glad to have run across ya!

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