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Justin Verlander, Placido Polanco and the Tigers Magic Number

Justin Verlander struggled for the second straight start last night.  He gave up a grand slam to A.J. Pierzynski and then back to back solo shots to Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome before getting pulled in the fifth inning.  The innings he threw yesterday put him over the 180 inning mark so we’re really in uncharted territory for Verlander.

Now it looks like Placido Polanco isn’t done for the season and might be back by the weekend series.  It sounds like he spoke out of frustration to reporters on Sunday.  This is definitely an odd story but it’s good news in the end, assuming Polanco is in the lineup this weekend against the Royals.

The Twins won yesterday so the Tigers magic number is still 12 for the division title.  It’s seven for the wild card which got me to thinking.  The Tigers have been just as good at home as on the road so taking home field advantage out of the equation for a moment, who would you rather play in the first round, the Yankees or the A’s?  I think most people would say the A’s but I think the Yankees are the best team in the American League right now.  So it wouldn’t hurt to have them in a five game series where you could cut them down a little more easily then in a seven game series where the cream has more time to rise to the top.  I know that’s a half glass full look at things with the Twins just a half game back, but I think it makes some sense.

Another win tonight for the Tigs! (9/20/06) Damn piranhas! I saw that they were losing against the BoSox…switched the channel back 30 minutes later and they had a 6 run lead.

Posted by Gustavo on September 20th, 2006 at 9:12 pm

[…] The Tigers were shellshocked by Chicago last night. Hopefully they can take the series by winning tonight. Then Tiger fans can cheer for Chicago when they play the Twins at the end of the month. […]

Posted by » Playoff Scenarios for Tigers on September 21st, 2006 at 4:45 am

I’d rather play the As. The reason is simple. If you draw the Yankees, you need to play them in a 5 games series, which I admit is great. But then you’re looking at the Twins in the ALCS. The Twins and Yanks are clearly the best teams in the AL right now. Why would you want to play BOTH of them when you could avoid one of them by opening with the As?

Posted by Tim on September 22nd, 2006 at 9:15 am

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