Detroit Tigers’ fans were no doubt happy that their team would not start the playoffs on the west coast for a third straight year and do not have to endure start times after 9 p.m. on school and work nights. Sadly, though, there are drawbacks to playing a team from the Eastern Time Zone not named Boston or New York–the dreaded mid-day playoff game.
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While Games 1 and 2 have yet to be finalized, we have a couple of options for each game.
For Game 1 in Baltimore on Thursday it is not too bad–either a 5:37 or 6:07 start depending on who wins tomorrow’s AL Wild Card game between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics.
Game 2 on Friday, also at Camden Yards, will be either 12:07 or 3:07–barf!
The first playoff game in Detroit for 2014, Game 3, will be on Sunday afternoon and also offers an interesting scenario. The 3:45 start sets the game at Comerica Park around the same time that the Detroit Lions-Buffalo Bills game will be hitting the fourth quarter across the street at Ford Field.
So, good luck finding parking, although it seemed to go rather smoothly earlier this month when the Tigers played at 4 and the Lions played on Monday Night Football at 7.
Games 4 and 5 have not yet been announced.
Either way, it does not look like MLB is valuing this playoff matchup, the first ever for the Tigers and Orioles, putting it in crappy time slots.