Was leaving Al Alburquerque in a mistake? – Bless You Boys
When Leyland sent Alburquerque back out in the bottom of the ninth, with the game still tied 0-0, the door was pushed open for people to question the move. And when Alburquerque gave up back-to-back singles on hard-hit balls, it was clear Leyland the pump was primed for second-guessing.
Tigers Have One More Ace Up Their Sleeves – Tiger Tales
The Tigers are not done rolling out their aces though as the somewhat lesser known Anibal Sanchez will strut his stuff in game three. Sanchez led the American League in both ERA (2.57) and Fielding Independent Pitching or FIP (2.39), a statistic designed to measure a pitcher’s performance on events that he essentially controls without the help of fielders – strikeouts walks, hit batsmen and home runs.
Two Big Innings Early in Oakland’s Walk-Off Win - FanGraphs
The game stories might end up being about Stephen Vogt and that’s fine. He got the big walk-off hit and he hasn’t been celebrated much so far in his baseball career. But, as with many big moments, the seeds that resulted in that wild finish were sown much earlier in the day.
Miguel Cabrera hit one homer in September. His lack of power can perhaps be traced to one late-August moment against the A’s.
On the afternoon of Aug. 29 at Comerica Park, with the Tigers down, 6-1, to Oakland in the fifth and facing a four-game sweep, the hobbled Cabrera — perhaps frustrated by the A’s dominance — tried to get a double on a ball he hit to the wall in right. He was thrown out, hurt himself anew in his exertion to reach second and had to leave the game.
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