In the first inning of their first postseason game, the Detroit Tigers sent Austin Jackson, Magglio Ordoñez, and Delmon Young to the plate against New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
Barely more than one week later, Ordoñez and Young are off the Tigers' American League Championship Series roster because of injuries. Young hurt his left oblique in the final division series game against New York. And on Saturday, Ordoñez suffered a re-fracture of his right ankle, which was surgically repaired last year; the injury is season-ending and potentially career-threatening.
Perhaps Jackson should play the remainder of the postseason in football pads.
In all seriousness, the Tigers are in trouble. They trail the Texas Rangers in the series, 1-0. Ace Justin Verlander won't pitch again until Game 5 at the earliest. And Detroit is without two right-handed-hitting outfielders who were supposed to do damage against the Rangers' three left-handed starters.
But writing off the Tigers th...