Instant Reaction: Crushed

With a quick 2-0 lead in Game 6 of the ALCS, the Tigers had us believing that Game 7 could be more than wishful thinking. A couple of innings later, the season effectively came to an end.

It’s not good form to blame a nine-run inning on umpiring – Max Scherzer did most of the damage to himself – but a couple calls undoubtedly went against the Tigers that helped extend the inning.

In many ways, it seemed like the Tigers had no business playing in the ALCS when you looked at the Rangers lineup. But Detroit could’ve made quick work of Texas had they gotten a timely hit or two – check that, one would’ve done in many cases – in the first two games of the series.

Some other random thoughts:

Poor Brandon Inge has made the final out in the Tigers’ last two postseason appearances.

Was it ever more evident than in this series that the Tigers needed Brennan Boesch?

Watching the Rangers bullpen carve up the Tigers made me miss Joel Zumaya … a lot.

I thought the Rangers’ base stealing with a seven-run lead was about as bush league as it gets.

How tough is Alex Avila? We’ll probably find out shortly.

Did Ian Kinsler really think Al Alburquerque was throwing at him? Get a clue.

The worst part of any season coming to an end, especially one that fell tantalizingly close to a World Series appearance, is the long wait for the next season to get under way.

Because winter stands between the last out of a season and the first pitch of Spring Training, the wait in baseball seems all the more cruel.

But maybe not as cruel as a couple of these ALCS losses, Game 6 included.

5 Comments

  1. As a Ranger fan who very much respects the Tigers, Leyland, and especially Miguel Cabrera I’d like to congratulate you guys on a great season. Injuries are tough and unpredictable and your guys battled. I’d like to add that I don’t think the Rangers were being Bush league by base stealing. You guys have come back from a 7 run lead more than once this year and it was in the 4th and 5th inning. I also don’t think Alburquerque threw at Kinsler, but I sure did have flashbacks to Andrew Bynum close lining JJ Barea back in May. Good luck next year.

  2. Last night’s game was depressing, but I’ll get over it pretty quickly I think. The Tigers had a good and entertaining season. They also have a promising future. It will be a long off-season, but at least it will be two weeks shorter than usual.

  3. Only two more months til the Winter Meetings! I can’t wait to see how Dombrowski adds some speed to the lineup (2b or 3b?) and some consistency to the middle of the bullpen. Does Santiago come back, or did he raise his price with a solid postseason? How much will get shaken up. We’ve got a pretty good team here,and with a few tweaks, it could be a great one. The wait for the 2012 baseball season will be agonizingly slow.

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