Detroit Tigers Back into the Playoffs

Sep 25, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) drops champagne over a team mate after winning the Central Division Championship at Target Field. The Tigers won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers were swept by the Miami Marlins and no hit in the last game.  It is a weird thing to think about considering the Detroit Tigers won the Central Division with three games to play.  That resounding thud you heard was not Ndamukong Suh manhandling the bears offensive line but the Detroit Tigers falling on their faces in Miami.  Even if Miguel Cabrera does not play the Tigers should never get no hit by anyone let alone a team that had lost 100 games this season.

This was not the statement the Tigers wanted to make to their fans right before the playoffs start.  The Miami Marlins are the second worse team in all of baseball.  The Tigers should have swept this series even if Miggy did not play 1 inning.  It is one thing to clinch a division and rest guys, and get your starting rotation ready for the playoffs.  It is a another matter to lose games you should not, especially when your backups are better than their starters.  This was the most disappointing series of the entire season, especially after the joy of finally clinching the division in Minnesota last Wednesday.

The playoffs start this Friday and I wish any part of this series gave me hope for the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics.  The fact is this whole series is a bad omen and unlike the last two times, in 2006 and 2012, I do not believe the Tigers will be triumphant this time around.

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