Saturday, October 6, 2012

One down...Ten to go!

The Detroit Tigers began their journey towards the 2012 World Series tonight before a sold out crowd at Comerica Park.  This team was built specifically for this post season...and they delivered by defeating the A's 3-1 in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series. 

Personally, I was worried that this team might underachieve.  Cabrera was just coming off of winning the Triple Crown and the team had caught up to and then passed the Chicago White Sox in the last week of the season.  I wondered if they would look past the Oakland A's.

As I watched the game tonight, it became clear to me that they weren't looking past anybody.  Aside from a lead off home run from Oakland's Coco Crisp, the Tigers were in control all night long.  Verlander gave up only 3 hits over 7 innings and struck out 11 A's while Benoit and Valverde each pitched scoreless innings.

The thing that surprised me the most tonight was that the Tigers won this game without any production from Cabrera of Fielder.  When these two guys start hitting (and they will hit), the rest of the American League had better watch out.  The Tigers have the look and feel of a World Series team. 

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