It is not unheard of for a good regular season team to win their division, struggle mightily through the final month of the season and then win it all in the postseason. When you look at the case of the Detroit Tigers however, it becomes even more of a question. Can they really take any momentum into the ALDS after the worst team in the National League beat them for the final three games of the season? Getting swept by the Miami Marlins would have to leave a really bad taste in the mouths of the Tigers.
It only makes matters worse that they are playing the Oakland Athletics who have played as well during the final month as anyone. The Tigers have a 3 – 4 record against the Athletics for the season but that isn’t as good as it looks. They lost three of four in the last four game series against the Athletics at the end of August. That was while the Tigers were still playing pretty well and before Miguel Cabrera began having problems with his legs.
The powerful offense of the Tigers was completely snuffed out by the Marlins this weekend and Jim Leyland will have more than a small job in front of him to prepare this struggling team for the red hot Athletics. They can do it and surely will give the A’s a run for their money. If I had to make my pick right now though I would have to say it seems unbelievable that the current Tigers team can actually win a best of five ALDS against the Athletics. If they do it will be because they pull quite the magic bunny out of their collective hat.