Rule #1- Never take untested equipment on the road. It will fail and you won’t have the tools you need to fix it in the field.
So what do we know after this weekend? Detroit got a split in Oakland which is a bigger deal than it seems because they now have home field advantage, needing only 2 games at Comerica Park to advance to the Junior League Championship Series.
At that it could have been better. In Game 1 Max Scherzer looked pretty unbeatable until Yoenis Cespedes hit a 2 RBI Home Run in the 7th. Detroit’s damage was already done with 3 runs in the 1st (Leadoff Double, HBP, RBI Single, Double Play (runner advances), RBI Double). Some people say Oakland threatened to tie it up in the 8th, but a 1 Out Walk does not a threat make. Detroit 3 – 2, 1 – 0 in the Series.
Everyone expected great things from Justin Verlander (only 20 game winner in the Majors this seaon) but he got trapped in a boring Pitcher’s Duel with the unheralded rookie Sonny Gray. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But he got pulled for Smyly in the 8th and in the bottom of the 9th Smyly loaded them up and was replaced by Porchello who promptly gave up the walk off, game winning RBI Single in what was a ‘must win’ for the Athletics. Oakland 1 – 0, Series tied at 1.
Today Anibal Sanchez (14 – 8, 2.57 ERA R) faces Jarrod Parker (12 – 8, 3.97 ERA R) in the 1 pm ET game which will be carried exclusively on MLB Network which kind of sucks if you’re a fan and don’t get it. The best I can offer you is the New York Times Gameview as a poor substitute.