The Tigers and Royals aren’t finished yet, but Detroit already has a 9-0 lead in the second inning. A win here means the Tigers can do no worse then the Wild Card and assuming the Twins hold on and beat the Orioles, the Tigers will have a magic number of six for the AL Central. Remember though, because the Tigers have the tie breaker (head to head) with the Twins, it’ll really mean they’re magic number is effectively five. Regardless, they’re headed to the post season.
This series with the Royals was just what the Tigers needed. The Tigers were down on Friday but came back to win it, then they blew the hapless Royals out over the weekend.
Placido Polanco made his return on Saturday and had a great game along with everyone else. He went three for four with two RBIs and a run. He was eventually replace by Kevin Hooper. He had the day off today.
It looks like Justin Verlander is going to fall short of the 200 inning mark but assuming Kenny Rogers throws two more innings, the Tigers will have three guys pitch at least 200 innings. The last time that happened was 1991 when Bill Gullickson, Frank Tanana and Walt Terrell all topped 200 innings.