The Detroit Tigers were completely dominated in Game 2 against Sonny Gray and now the Oakland Athletics are challenging the Tigers bats to not have a repeat performance in the all or nothing Game 5. Shutdown worse than our federal government, Sonny Gray was helped out by an offense that was more lost than me in a Starbucks. The Tigers were swinging wildly the entire night, seemingly not knowing that it was capable for a pitcher to throw a ball as Sonny Gray carried the Athletics to a shutout victory. If he does it again, the Tigers will have no more games remaining this season.
The Tigers come into this game feeling like a different team after finding a resurgence out of nowhere late in Game 4. The Tigers finally began taking pitches and unsurprisingly began hitting as the offense roared in the face of elimination. Sadly, basing any Game 4 performance into Game 5 would not be understanding that the Tigers, while streaky, can look incredible one night and then be completely baffling the next. Rookie pitchers have had their way with the Tigers and while Sonny Gray will not be completely new to the Tigers the only looks they have off him are ones of them flailing away. Not exactly something that would give a fan a lot of confidence.
You can ride Justin Verlander for a bit but the offense is still going to get on the board and get on the board early. The Tigers know what it takes to win Game 5 on the road in the ALDS doing it each of the last two years including in Oakland last season but the offense wasn’t this bad in those years. The Tigers need to be patient, slow the game down and get inside the rookie’s head if they want to survive to the ALCS. Anything less will result in a season ending in extreme disappointment.