Here is a team that has had the Tigers in trouble twice in the last two playoff series. A bobbled Coco Crisp fly ball attempt turned the tide last season and perhaps Game 4 at Comerica Park turned the tide this season as the Tigers and A’s head into Game 5 tonight in an 8 pm start in Oakland.
I do not know what will happen but the A’s had their chance to squish the Tigers. They were up 3-0 in the game and 2-1 in the series and blew it. They had a chance to blow open the game against Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer with the bases loaded and nobody out and blew it. Perhaps the Tigers are the A’s kryptonite.
We shall see tonight.
The A’s are 1-11 in close out games since 1990. Three times they held two game leads in series and lost the next two games. They have lost five of six times in the ALDS heading into this game. And last year Justin Verlander mowed them down in Game 5, just as he did in Game 2 this series. Well guess who is on the mound tonight?
We’ve seen teams blow series against the same teams in this city, mostly with the Pistons. In the 1980s the Pistons kept bumping heads with the Boston Celtics. They did everything they could to beat the Celtics but always came up short. They finally broke through in 1988 mostly because Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale got old.
Later Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls could not get past the Pistons until Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer and Vinnie Johnson got too old to do anything to stop them. There are evolutions and changes of the guard every year in sports.
The Red Wings needed to learn to win with Steve Yzerman as team captain. And of course there are our poor Lions who have been learning since 1957.
(Join us tonight at Foster’s Smokehouse in Utica for Game 5 of the Tigers-A’s series. We will have $10 buckets of Bud Lite and other specials. Enjoy good food and good friends. We are located on Utica Road and 14 Mile.)