Found October 11, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
For the second consecutive season, the Athletics lost to the Tigers in the ALDS despite having home-field advantage. Detroit limped into the postseason, nursing injuries and trying to get healthy in September. Meanwhile, everything appeared to be coming together for Oakland with a lineup that mixed platoons wonderfully, a young starting rotation and the AL's best bullpen. Yet after taking a 2-1 series lead, the A's were steamrolled by a Tigers rally. Here are five observations we took from Detroit's five-game victory over Oakland. 1. When you have an opponent beaten, you have to finish them off. The Tigers were dead in this series after losing Game 3. They couldn't score runs, Anibal Sanchez — who led the AL in ERA during the regular season — pitched one of his worst games of the season, and Oakland's Coco Crisp and Seth Smith looked unstoppable. Game 4 seemed almost like a formality. Detroit was done, worn down by the grind of the regular season and nothin...
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