The Tigers did their job last night, unfortunately, because they didn’t do it the past few days, all they did was force a one game playoff tomorrow against the Twins. There were some great individual performances but the Tigers almost let this one get away as well.
Let’s start with Justin Verlander. He won his 19th and that might help him pick up a couple more Cy Young votes. He gave up three runs in the eighth on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. The strikeouts bring his total up to 269 and that’s the most by a Tiger since Mickey Lolich back in 1971. Verlander threw 121 pitches and you wonder how much longer we can ride this horse.
Ryan Rabun belted two home runs and he now has 16 on the season. Not bad for a guy who got just 257 at bats. Ten of those came in the second half when Raburn’s playing time increased. Magglio Ordonez was a perfect four for four and he lifted his batting average up to .309. That leaves his OPS at .798 with the one game tomorrow to go. That would be his worst since his injury laden season back in 2005.
It’ll be Rick Porcello against Scott Baker tomorrow afternoon (5:07 start time). Nothing like leaving it up to the rookie to get us into the playoffs although Porcello was good against the Twins last week. That probably leaves Edwin Jackson to start game one against the Yankees if we make it.