What a series this has been! And it all comes down to a rematch of game 2. Will the Tigers eliminate the Athletics again.
Or will the A’s finally break through and defeat their playoff nemesis?
Justin Verlander beat the A’s to knock them out of the postseason last year and then dominated them in Game 2 of this series. Now JV gets another chance to become the most hated baseball player in Oakland by plunging another dagger in the heart of the Green and Yellow fan.
Oakland counters with an odd choice. Rookie Sonny Gray will toe the rubber for Oakland after throwing eight scoreless innings for the A’s in game 2. Oakland Manager Bob Melvin chose Sonny Gray to start over the more experience and well rested Bartolo Colon. Melvin said that Sonny Gray may be a rookie but he is fearless.
He’s a little bit of a bulldog, he’s scared of nothing”
Bob Melvin also said he is willing to use Bartolo Colon in a relief role but wasn’t sure how he would handle it.
Jim Leyland indicated to MLive.com that he may be thinking about tinkering with the line-up. Leyland said Peralta will play but is “not really sure what the lineup will be yet”. In Leyland speak that could mean drastic changes or just a little tinkering but fans should expect a different batting order for Game 5.
What: ALDS Game 5: Detroit Tiger at Oakland A’s
Where: O.co colesium
Start Time: 8:05 pm
TV: TBS Coverage starts at 7:30
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (Detroit) Find a local station here