Tigers and A’s Game 1 Preview

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The A’s surged to a division title winning 8 or their last 9 games to become the first team in MLB history to win their division when trailing by 5 or more games with fewer than 10 games remaining.

After winning the AL Central by 15 games last year, the Tigers got off to a slow start this season and trailed the White Sox in the division as early as last month. Detroit finished the season 18-13 over the final month, including taking 2 of 3 from the Athletics and outscoring the A’s 22-16 during the series.

The Tigers won the season series 4-3 over the A’s. Oakland and Detroit finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in ERA in the AL.

Game 1 will feature last years AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander vs. A’s rookie right-hander Jarrod Parker, who was 13-8 with a 3.47 ERA this season.

Verlander has beaten the A’s twice this season going a combined 13 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 walks and 13 strikeouts in his two starts. One of the Athletics major catalysts, Coco Crisp, didn’t play in either of the games Verlander started against Oakland. The A’s are 66-17 since June 1st in games Coco Crisp has played in.

Over his last 6 starts, Jarrod Parker is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 41 innings. Parker faced the Tigers once this season, that was back in May, Parker went 5.2 IP giving up 6 hits and 2 earned runs with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts while taking the loss in his 4th start of the year.

The A’s hit .252 with seven home runs against Detroit pitching this season. Seth Smith batted .417 with two home runs against the Tigers this year, and Josh Reddick hit .357 against Detroit with two homers.

For the Tigers, Miguel Cabrera just completed the first triple crown in 45 years and is an MVP candidate. Cabrera has beaten up on pretty much every team this year, and the A’s are no exception to that. This season Cabrera has gone 15-30 with 7 runs, 3 homers and 14 RBI against A’s pitching.

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About Vegas Joe

When I was 5, I decided I was going to cover sports for a living… score. I’ve been working at KNBR since 2005 and have been the producer of Sportsphone 680 since 2010. On the show I’ve worked with former Major League players FP Santangelo and Eric Byrnes. While at KNBR I’ve been blessed to cover many great games and teams including the Warriors ” We Believe” run, The Giants 2010 World Series team, and the 49ers run to the NFC Championship game. I was born in Oakland, where I live today. I have been a Bay Area resident my entire life spending time living in Albany, Lafayette, San Francisco and now Oakland. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 2008 with a degree in Radio and Television.

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