The Detroit Tigers are hosting their last home series this weekend against the Chicago White Sox, and it starts to hit home that the end of the regular season is upon us. Frustrations, excitement and a million other emotions are going to increase tenfold from here on out, and the Tigers are preparing themselves for their third straight AL Central title with their magic number sitting just at four.
This is the time that matters — this is the time that counts.
Yes, clinching the division is a huge deal, but the Tigers have felt pretty comfortable about that for the last few weeks. The key for the Tigers is to keep playing after that happens to keep any hope of home-field advantage alive.
Even if they can’t get that to happen, it’s going to be crucial that the Tigers find their stride and rhythm as a team, because it’s something that has been missing this season as a result of their inconsistencies. Now is the time to turn into the team they want to be when October turns around.
With the last nine games, it’s going to be important for them to play at a high level while also considering giving Miguel Cabrera a couple of days off to rest himself. It’s a delicate balancing act between too much and too little rest that Jim Leyland will have to play.
The quality of the schedule may be lacking the last nine games, but make no mistake about it, these games are going to say a lot about the team you are going to see in the postseason. Let’s hope it’s good.