Both the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds have an opportunity to reach the MLB championship series in their respected leagues tonight. In a five game series, both of these teams have jumped on their opponents early and are looking to roll on this postseason. However, both the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants have one last chance on Tuesday night. Nonetheless, the MLB schedule is drama-filled and it is definitely worth staying in for on a brisk October night.
The NL Central division champion Reds will have SP Homer Bailey take the mound tonight as he hopes to continue Red pitching domination in this series. Cincinnati enjoys a 16-2 run differential thus far against the Giants. San Francisco’s difficulty to score runs is well-documented and Manager Bruce Bouchy is looking for more out of his table setters, both RF Angel Pagan and 2B Marco Scutaro. The frontmen for the Giants are a combined 1-19 this series.
It will be key for the Giants to gain some momentum tonight, as SP Ryan Vogelsong will pitch in a hostile Great American Ballbark for the first time all postseason. Dropping two home games to start the series really puts the Giants at a disadvantage, therefore I can’t see the Reds losing three straight home ballgames to this team.
Over in Oakland, the Athletics welcome a red-hot Tigers team for the first time all series. A young and inexperienced club, the A’s also have their work cut out for them in an elimination game tonight. SP Brett Anderson will do battle against American League triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera and a Detroit Tigers team that has won two close games thus far. Former Miami Marlins SP Anibal Sanchez will toe the rubber for the Tigers tonight and definitely try to avoid Josh Reddick and the Oakland bats.
Unlike the Giants, the A’s enjoy home field advantage for these next three contests (if needed) and for that reason I still have hope for this uncanny Oakland ballclub. Not to mention the Tigers were not exactly pillars of consistency this summer.