All of the eyes of Major League Baseball will be fixed on Oakland, California tonight when the Detroit Tigers face the Oakland Athletics in game five of their American League Division Series. Most of the eyes locked on the game will be focused on the pitching duel that is supposed to shine brightly between the Tigers’ Justin Verlander and Sonny Gray of the A’s. That will be something fun to watch but it is not what will win the game for the Tigers. They need their offense for that.
There is plenty of proof to support this claim in the Tigers win from game four of the same ALDS. They got one of the best clutch pitching performances in the history of MLB postseason play but it still wasn’t enough. The Tigers were able to hold on to their 5 – 4 lead at that point in the game thanks to Max Scherzer’s amazing efforts. With the A’s two runs in the top of the ninth however, the five runs would not have been enough.
This Athletics team is going to be difficult to beat no matter what kind of game it is. Verlander was lights out in game two of this series but the A’s found a way to win anyway as the Tigers offense remained silent. Neither pitcher was lights out in game four but the Tigers offense led them to victory. It is simple. No matter how well Verlander pitches, the Tigers have to find a way to hit Gray and the A’s like they did in game four or they will lose.