October 11, 2012

Making Sense of Game 4

Now that I’ve had a chance to sleep on it …

If you’re looking for a toxic brew of a playoff comeback, you couldn’t have found better ingredients than the Oakland A’s (14 walkoff wins in 2012) and Jose Valverde (a human powder keg.)

Does that mean I expected Valverde too throw batting-practice fastballs to a team of freeswingers with its season on the line? No.

Of course he was going to give up a hit, maybe two. But three runs? I didn’t see that coming.

And shame on me.

A month from today we’ll look back on last night’s game in one of two ways:

The A’s are a team of destiny and they were going to win no matter what.

Or:

This has been an excruciating Tigers season and of course this series was going five games, with Justin Verlander on the mound, and the Tigers having to win on the road.

And maybe it means having Jose Valverde coming on in the ninth inning tonight to redeem himself.

Or end his Tigers career in flames.

1 Comment(s)

  1. junglemutt | Oct 11, 2012 | Reply

    Leyland blew this game, as he has several games this season, by insisting that a washed-up Valverde remain the closer. I would rather have Dotiel or Albuquerque pitching the last inning. Heck, I’d rather have half the league pitching the last inning of any game, let alone game 4 of the playoffs, than the 2012 version of Valverde. 1/2 of the Tigers fans saw that coming…. Frustration.

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