Delmon Young was asked what the Tigers are going to do to change their luck: “Like sacrifice a chicken or something? We’re not going to do that.” (@beckjason).
Well that seems reasonable. Not that anyone has suggested any better ideas.
Delmon also states the painful truth when he says that “we haven’t hit all playoffs,” not just against the Giants.
And yet in some ways, this is the team we have seen all season. They may have averaged 4.48 runs a game, but seldom did they score 4 runs; they were more likely to put together a run of 1 or 2-run games, then a run where they bombed the other team.
This is a feast-or-famine offense, nothing average about it.
The base running/base coaching issues, the sloppy play in the field, the inability to advance runner, the ill-timed GIDPs, the waste of brilliant starting pitching…these are all things so familiar to Tiger fans this year.
And yet that does not tell the story of the 2012 Tigers either; these Tigers, with all of these flaws, won their division, and played their way into the World Series.
They are a streaky team, having a bad streak at the worst time. But a new streak can start anytime.
As Justin Verlander tweeted this morning: “History is life’s greatest teacher and if it’s taught us anything it’s that nothing is impossible.”
Every season ends sometime, even for the winners. The players will pack up and head off to wherever they spend the winter; Octavio Dotel will buy some nice shoes; some players will be back, some won’t; management will be back at work on creating the 2013 version of the Detroit Tigers.
But it really is too soon–if nothing else for those 40,000 plus great Detroit Tigers fans holding tickets to One More Game. Here’s hoping the boys come through for them. And while we’re at it…the Giants fans are great fans as well. Let’s give them another game! What could be more fun than extending the series to Wednesday, for the team in the Halloween colors and costume beards.
Your Win One for the D Lineup: (Update: Avila scratched with right forearm soreness. Kelly is backup catcher).
1. Jackson, CF
2. Berry, LF
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, DH
6. Dirks, RF
7. Peralta, SS
Avila, C. Infante, 2B
Infante, 2B Laird, C