PREGAME: Who would have thought that a Tigers-Royals series to end the season would mean so much back in March? Who would have thought it would have meant this much back in August?
In any case, the Tigers have used up any margin for error they had accumulated in the early part of the season. The Twins have tied them and the magic number is at 3 with 3 to go.
For the Royals it will be Runelvys Hernandez who was shelled last Sunday. He’ll be opposed by Wil Ledezma who was quite good, save for a fielding error, in his last start against the Royals. The Tigers hopefully won’t need perfection from Ledezma tonight, but a solid 6 innings would be wonderful.
Game Time 7:05
POSTGAME: Yeah, this one hurts. The Tigers blew the 5 run lead early, could have put the division away, and…yeah.
Pudge was decidedly un-clutch between the pop-up in the 9th and the double play grounder in the 11th.
The Clevlen tagging up decision was, ummm, surprising?
Taking Ledezma out after 5 effective and efficient innings when you need your whole bullpen for the next day was, ummm, curious?
I’m just pretty much speechless.
As a heads up, tomorrow’s Twins/White Sox game starts at 11:10am.