It was another epic series between these two AL rivals in the 2013 American League Division Series. It was an up and down series with the team splitting the first four games. In game 5 though it would be all Justin Verlander. Verlander solidified his reputation as a big game pitcher by shutting out the A’s over 8 innings. In fact, Oakland hasn’t scored a run against Verlander in 24 playoff innings dating back to 2012.
The entire series was captured on Detroit Jock city with Game recaps and videos. This post will review DJC’s coverage of the 2013 American League Divisional Series as we followed the Tigers on their way to their third straight American League Championship Series.
2013 ALDS Game 1: Max Scherzer Vs. Bartolo Colon
Jim Leyland handed the ball to his Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer to get the Tigers started on the winning track. Scherzer did not disappoint and shut down the A’s helping the Detroit Tigers to a 1-0 series lead over the Athletics.
Detroit has literally sold out to win a championship this year. They racked up over 3 million in attendance this season. It is a good thing too because the Tigers also have the 5th highest payroll in baseball at over $150 million. conversely the Athletics have 4th lowest payroll with just over 65 million. Usually its Detroit teams that are over achieving. This season the script is flipped and all the pressure is on the Tigers to advance.
Detroit Tigers pitchers struck out 16 A’s en route to a 3-2 Game 1 ALDS victory. The Tigers had a flurry of runs in the first innings putting Bartolo Colon and the Oakland A’s down early.