Play Off Base Ball

I covered the Athletics against the Tigers last week and it was a lot of fun really delving deep into the matchups. In chronological order:

Two plate appearances that said a lot about the matchup. In one, the A’s showed their team speed and lineup depth. In the other, the Tigers displayed the inevitability of their star power in the face of the Athletics’ superior bullpen.

In a piece that has a little staying power, I looked at the differences between the August and September versions of Anibal Sanchez and came away impressed with the Detroit pitching staff and their ability to right something that was wrong with him. He should be fine for the postseason.

Before game four’s excellent but short work, I said that Max Scherzer would sit 93 instead of 95, probably get a lot of strikeouts, and leave early. That’s what he did, and the A’s got to the bullpen go extend the series.

Justin Verlander was up against a few narratives, some of my own making, and then he showed what was in some ways a best ever. Very impressive.

About enosarris

I write. About baseball, mostly, but also about the anthropology of sports, travel, cooking and sometimes music. But yeah, baseball mostly.
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