Originally written on Universal Takeover Sports Network  |  Last updated 10/4/13
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Last season the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A’s thrilled baseball fans with a five game series in the American League Division Series.  Tigers ace Justin Verlander led the Tigers to the series win with a masterful game five performance. We find ourselves treated to the rematch this October.  The A’s didn’t need a dramatic and historic late season rally to swipe the American League West from the Texas Rangers this season.  They cruised to the division title, winning the American League West by five-and-a-half games. While the Tigers only won the American League Central by one game over the Cleveland Indians it only got that close because they won their last ten games.  The Indians then promptly lost their first and only postseason game, the AL Wild Card, to the Tampa Bay Rays. Game 1, tonight at 9:37pm ET on TBS, will have Bartolo Colon(18-6, 2.65 ERA), a.k.a. Father Time, against the Tigers’ Max Scherzer(21-3, 2.90 ERA).  The 40-year old Colon missed last season’s series with the Tigers because he was serving a suspension from MLB for performance enhancing drugs.  Colon’s suspension was part of the impetus for MLB to conduct the Biogenesis Investigation which resulted in many more players being suspended including the Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Peralta returned to the Tigers after serving his 50-game suspension for their final regular season series with the Miami Marlins.  He returned to find his job taken by rookie Jose Iglesias who was part of a three team deadline deal with the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.  Peralta made the postseason roster as a right-handed hitting left fielder.  He will platoon with the left-handed hitting Andy Dirks. Game two will pit the Tigers Justin Verlander(13-12, 3.46 ERA) against the A’s rookie Sonny Gray(5-3, 2.67 ERA).  In Detroit for game three Oakland will toss Jarrod Parker(12-8, 3.97 ERA) versus Anibal Sanchez(14-8, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers. Sequels rarely live up to the original but this series may be the exception. Oakland has played with a chip on their shoulder since losing to the Tigers last October.  The Tigers have only one goal for this season and that is to get four more wins after getting swept by the Giants in the World Series. The A’s have removed the tarp that covers the upper deck at O.Co Stadium adding another 12,000 plus seats for each game.  Add the extra fans to an already raucous A’s crowd and the Tigers will have their work cut out for them.  This time the A’s will win in five games. You can follow me on twitter @mullysalt The post ALDS: A’s Want To Hold That Tiger appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.
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