There are just some nights that won’t end at the ballpark. The Detroit Tigers worked through a 14-inning marathon on Wednesday night before coming out with a 2-1 victory.
Detroit was 9-5 heading into Thursday afternoon’s game following the win and had Justin Verlander on the mound. It has been a very interesting year already for the Tigers with the emergence of Torii Hunter and a pitching staff that is stopping the opposition in their tracks.
Hunter was hitting over .400 after Wednesday’s game, while both Verlander and Anibal Sanchez had ERAs below 2.00. There were a lot of people including myself who thought that the Tigers would make the World Series if not winning it.
I’m not worried about their start though, because they are getting quality starts out of most of their rotation, and the late night win which ended just before midnight in Seattle just proves how powerful Detroit’s pitching is again this season.
There are not many teams who are going to put up big nights against the Tigers. Verlander is obviously the biggest key going forward, and has proven before how good he is. While I think he deserves a contract worth $200 million, he needs to win a World Series championship to validate his career.
That season could be this one, but there are a lot of demons in there for Verlander. Detroit is in a better place because of their long night and should be well on their way to running away with the American League Central.