The Oakland Athletics have made another inspirational run to the postseason this year, and they will be taking on the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS. The Tigers had a great year overall; we already know about their high powered offense led by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. We also know about the scariest 1-2 starting pitcher duo in baseball with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.
The A’s have a tall order to try and take on to advance, but this team should never be counted out. If they are going to defeat the Tigers, they will need their ace to compete with the aces he will be up against. That is why Bartolo Colon has to be the difference maker for the A’s in this series.
Outside of his struggles in a few August starts, Colon has been dominant all year. He has been amazing this September going 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA. Overall he sits at 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA on the season.
There are two reasons Colon needs to be the difference maker compared to the rest of the rotation. For one, his postseason experience; he is 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA in nine postseason starts so he has been here before. He is also getting the ball Game 1 against Max Scherzer and his 21-3 record. His job is to be an ace and give the A’s an excellent start to beat Scherzer in front of the A’s home crowd.
This also means that if the series goes five, Colon will get the ball again, presumably against Scherzer or maybe even Verlander. If the A’s are going to win this series it is going to be because Colon got two wins against two of the best pitchers in baseball.