A’s bullpen could make a difference late in games – Bless You Boys
The A’s had one of the best bullpens in the American League this season. They had the third lowest ERA, FIP, walk rate, and home run rate among AL bullpens. They also ranked first among AL playoff teams in all of these categories. Other than Balfour, they don’t have specific roles carved out like the Tigers do, and their versatility is their strength.
Every time your knees buckle when you see Cabrera’s legs buckle, take a long look at the rotation. It’s the best in baseball, arguably. It’s the most menacing in baseball, inarguably, as the Tigers struck out more batters than any rotation in history.
Cabrera, who participated in a team workout Tuesday, continues to nurse a groin strain that has plagued him the past three months, but showed a few signs this past weekend in Miami suggesting he might be on the verge of recovering his power stroke.
“I like the way he’s swinging the bat right now. I think his timing is back pretty darned good,” Leyland said. “But it’s probably not 100 percent by any means.”
Tigers-Athletics ALDS preview: Who has the edge? – CBS Sports
The most intriguing match-up of the division series round? Quite possibly.
It’s the AL West champs versus the AL Central champs. It’s also the 2012 AL West champs versus the reigning pennant winners. The two teams have 189 wins between them, and each has legitimate designs on hoisting the World Series trophy.
A’s like pitching matchups with Tigers – SFGate.com
“You can’t really complain with the way our pitchers pitched last year,” Moss said. “If they do that again this year, give us the same games, I think we’ll win the series. Our offense is better than last year.”
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