There were a lot of comments following the Game 3 shouting match between Grant Balfour and Victor Martinez. However Alex Avila’s comments summed up what the Tigers should focus on rather that Grant Balfours antics. They need to win and right now.
It’s been a good rivalry the last couple years, as far as we’ve always had good games against them. We match up pretty well. Just the heat of the moment. … If we need any more motivation, we’re in big trouble.”
Alex Avila said it right…if they need that kind of motivation they are in big trouble.
Wherever they find the motivation they have to find a way to get the bats going.
The Tigers offense has lacked punch going back to the last week of the season. The offense has been prone to prolonged slumps. In fact the Tigers have been shut-out a mind-boggling 12 times, a number usually reserved for the worst performing offensive in the league. But the Tigers statistically are one of the top three offense in Major League Baseball.
When the Tigers usually break out of slump they do so with a vengeance. The team has scored 6 or more runs an amazing 69 times this year. So they definitely have the ability to comeback on Oakland. The question is will the bats wake up in time.