Tigers 9, A’s 3
The game didn’t exactly start well considering Justin Verlander (18 GS, 116.2 IP, 4.71 ERA, 4.01 FIP, 1.7 fWAR) gave up two big home runs in the first inning, but he didn’t allow another run over five more innings, didn’t walk anyone and pitched out of a couple of jams to set his team up for a big middle innings attack. They pushed across three runs earlier, but blew the game open with six in the 6th to pull away from the A’s and let the bullpen land the plane over the final three innings. Nothing stands out particularly from this game, but it was a comfortable win to cap off a sweep of who I would consider the best team in baseball. The Tigers were dragging there for a month, but appear to have pulled out of the tailspin. They will welcome the Rays to town on Thursday with Max Scherzer (17 GS, 111.1 IP, 3.64 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 2.7 fWAR) going in game one.
The Moment: The Tigers break it open with six in the 6th!
If you sweep the Best Team in Baseball, then do you not earn the title of Best Team in Baseball?
Seasons are streaky, teams go from good to bad and back to good, or vice versa. Right now, the Tigers are 11-2 over their last 13 games. That’s two weeks of hardly losing. I think the Tigers are the Best Team in Baseball right now, which is nice because they were on of the Worst Teams in Baseball not long ago.