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Will Detroit end the season with a roar (or a meow)?

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Over the course of this baseball season, my interest in the American League Central has waned. Something about the brand of no-frills baseball being played in the American Midwest leaves something to be desired. Couple that with the I’d-Rather-Be-Pummeled-Than-Listen-To-This announcing of Chicago’s Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, and it was just a matter of time before I tuned the entirety of the Central Division out.

Perhaps I was too hasty.

The race to crown a Central Division champion is by far the most exciting thing happening in baseball right now. Since Atlanta got knocked out of the National League Wild Card by the surging Colorado Rockies and all the other playoff bound teams are trotting out their Quad-A squads, it’s tremendously refreshing to see do-or-die baseball being played in Motown and Minny.

It also helps that I work with a girl from Michigan. She talks like she’s straight off the set of Fargo, but she certainly loves the Tigers.

“How’d dose Tigers d’oh?”

Is Detroit floundering?For the past week or so, my responses have ranged from hopeful to futile: “They have an upcoming series versus Minnesota so they’ll probably clinch” to “I’m not going to be surprised if they don’t win the division and are playing golf in a few weeks.”

With three games left in the regular season, Detroit needs to take two of its next three games against the Chicago White Sox. Edwin Jackson will take the bump for Detroit and former-Cy Young winner Jake Peavy will toss for the ChiSox in the series’ opener tonight.

Detroit has won six of its last 10 games, but given the chance to solidify the division during the last season series with Minnesota, the team settled for a split. Does Detroit have the killer instinct to close out the season? Or will Ozzie Guillen motivate his White Sox a few games closer to .500 and end the season on a solid note?

Detroit holds eight wins to Chicago’s seven during the two’s season series.

Minnesota has to sweep the beguiled Kansas City Royals to have a chance at postseason play. And while no team other than Kansas City affords the Twins a better shot at that chance, Mauer and Co. will have to face locked-in, sure-shot Cy Young Zack Greinke in the second game of the series.

Minnesota is streaking its way into the series with Kansas City. Despite losing three of its last five games, Minnesota has been bludgeoning the ball, winning seven of its last 10 contests. In the season series, Minnesota has taken nine of 15 games against KC. It’s relatively probable that Minnesota will take two of its three games against the American League’s worst overall offense.

But will they have enough to take the game against Greinke?

I want to see a one-game playoff between the two Central teams.

Here’s to Detroit losing two and Minnesota winning three! Here’s to the perfect storm!

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  1. Baseballbriefs.com tracking back Will Detroit end the season with a roar (or a meow)?…

    Baseballbriefs.com tracking back Will Detroit end the season with a roar (or a meow)?…

    Baseballbriefs.com

    October 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm

  2. i hope they end with a roar. if they go to the metrodome on tuesday they will have one of their best going at it, rick porccello. i love that kid and he will surely be pitching the game of his life.

    Courtney

    October 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    • Courtney,
      Sorry to hear about your Tigers. I had a feeling momentum would remain on the side of the Twins, but that loss was just devastating!
      Dylan

      dylansharek

      October 14, 2009 at 11:25 am


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