Like the Spartans this afternoon, the Tigers are taking the hard way to their first division title since 1987. Their loss tonight puts them in a tie with the Twins with one to go. They need a win and then a Twins loss to win the division outright, and it also forces the Tigers to pitch Justin Verlander tomorrow instead of throwing him in game one of the ALDS.
If the Tigers and Twins both win or both lose, they play one in Minnesota and if the Tigers go with their next guy, it’ll be the rookie Rick Porcello throwing. That game will be at 5 pm on Tuesday because the Vikings will have the Metrodome for Monday night football.
Of course the worst case scenario is the Tigers lose and the Twins win and then the Tigers season is done. This is probably an understatement, but that would be a drag.
It looks like the Dodgers might pull a 2006 Tigers. They had a big lead and they clinched a playoff spot a while ago, but they haven’t been able to wrap up the division. If the Rockies win tonight and tomorrow, they’ll get the division crown and the Dodgers will settle for the Wild Card.