Respectful Insolence

This is getting depressing.

Last night, the Tigers lost a particularly heartbreaking game 5-4. It’s heartbreaking because it’s a game that they really should have won. Unfortunately errors and the two unearned runs that they allowed killed them.

Now the 2006 World Series is at the same point that the 1968 World Series was, with the Cardinals leading three games to one. In 1968, the Tigers came back and won three games in a row. I’m not so sanguine that they can do it again, particularly given how their inexperience has led the pitching staff to make so many costly errors. (And, besides, the 1968 crew included some true giants of baseball, like Denny McLain, Willie Horton, and Al Kaline.) On the other hand, if the Tigers can pull out a win tonight, I actually like their chances for being able to pull off a complete turnaround and replay of 1968. For one thing, they’ll be heading back to Detroit for games six and seven. For another thing, Kenny Rogers will be pitching in game six. If he’s on the way he has been on all throughout the playoffs the series will almost definitely go to game seven (and Afarensis will have been correct, at least about the series going to game seven). Obviously, though, the boys have to win tonight, or such speculation will all be moot, and, given how shaky Verlander was last time out, I consider that outomce a bit of a longshot.

Comments

  1. #1 John Lynch
    October 27, 2006

    Sitting here watching yet another error as St Louis go 3-2 up … could be a long night.

  2. #2 Orac
    October 27, 2006

    Me, too. The errors they’re making are just killing the Tigers. The sad thing is that the Tigers’ pitching has been competitive with the Cardinals in every game except one.

  3. #3 John Lynch
    October 27, 2006

    Ah well, it was good while it lasted.

  4. #4 Scott Simmons
    October 27, 2006

    Yup, better luck next year.

  5. #5 Oracc
    October 27, 2006

    Oh, well.

    The Tigers went much further than I (or anyone else) could have imagined. And, of course, the way the Tigers humiliated the Yankees in the ALDS takes a lot of the sting out of this loss.

  6. #6 afarensis, FCD
    October 27, 2006

    Yeah, the errors killed the Tigers. If they had not made so many they would probably be up 3 games to 2. It’s not like the Cardinals were hitting any better than the Tigers…I was actually kind of impressed with Verlander. Sure he is young and lacks experience but I think in the future he is going to be a good one.

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