Oct 3, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman M.Cabrera (24) reacts during the eighth inning of game two of the 2014 ALDS playoff baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Tigers(0-2) vs Baltimore Orioles(2-0) – 3:30pm ET
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
TV – TBS
Radio – 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather – 54 degrees, cloudy
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It is the first of (hopefully) three do-or-die games for the Detroit Tigers beginning with Game 3 in Detroit. They’ve never been done two games in an ALDS (4-0 in this round of playoffs all-time), so it will be interesting to see how they respond. They lose, they’re out. They win, we play this scenario over again tomorrow afternoon.
The Detroit Tigers looked to have everything under control heading into the eighth inning, ace starter Anibal Sanchez had pitched two perfect innings in relief of Justin Verlander, and it appeared as if the Tigers were on their way to tying the series with Baltimore at one game a piece. And then the bull pen happened. And once again, the two relievers who let game one slip out of reach, Joba Chamberlain and Joakim Soria, gave up a three run lead and ended up blowing the game, which the Tigers needed desperately to win. Now it’s a do or die situation for Detroit, coming home to Comerica Park to attempt the rare comeback, down two games in a best of five series.
David Price(15-12, 3.26 ERA) has faced Baltimore many times, coming out of the AL East, and has been very successful against them. He is 7-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 108.1 innings pitched. The same cannot be said about Price’s postseason record, which has him at 1-4 with a 5.06 ERA. Hopefully for the Tigers’ sake, Price’s established dominance over Baltimore will trump his underwhelming playoff history, and he will lead the Tigers to victory, keeping their playoff dreams alive.
Bud Norris(15-8, 3.65 ERA) has never pitched in any capacity in the postseason. He had a solid year for the Orioles, but had struggled against Detroit the few times he’s faced them. He is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched in his career against the Tigers.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-LF
- Alex Avila-C
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Andrew Romine-SS
- Don Kelly-CF
Baltimore Orioles Lineup