With a resounding defeat in game three of the ALDS, the Detroit Tigers now officially find themselves in a desperate situation for game four. If they lose their season is over. If they weren’t the defending American League champions that wouldn’t sound very disappointing. In fact I do not believe it would be disappointing at all. They have done a lot with the limitations they have had in the last month plus.
They have one chance to win this series and that isn’t a good one for sure. The Tigers must start Max Scherzer in game four and Justin Verlander in game five. Even given the success of those two pitchers there is a very good chance that the Tigers still will not be successful because of their inability to score runs in the last few days. Sure they are beat up and they can’t do now what they could do not so long ago. What they can do is get desperate.
That is what they must do. There is no guarantee that Scherzer or Verlander will be worth as much as normal on short rest but this is just the circumstance where it has to happen. Anything else besides this and they may as well admit defeat and try to get this far again in 2014. There should be no shame in their position but they just have not been able to shut down the A’s and score runs themselves. That combination must happen for the next two games.