I'm sorry but that game just made my stomach turn a little.
Chicago loses against the A's. It's JV vs Holland. And we lose like that?
48 left I know but when do we get to first? Will it happen?
Tigers are still only 1 game out (although 2 out in the loss column).
Look at it this way: Our Tigers had opportunity to sweep Yanks, and be 2-0 against the Rangers this series. Unfortunatly, they blew 3 excellent opportunities ..so instead of 6-0 their last 6 games ..they are 3-3 against the two best teams in the AL. That's not bad at all.
I am a firm believer that things tend to 'balance' out over the course of a long season ..and these last 3 tough losses ..these 3 missed opportunities; ..these situations will eventually go the Tigers way during late August and September when we face our Central division foes.
Again, we'll get there! Just don't give up.
Under your 24-24 Soxx hypothesis....
That is going to be very close. Very close indeed.
Yes, the loss column is the true baramoter of how many games back a team is. However, Tigers and ChiSox still must play each other 7 more games this year. We are a good enough team to take 5 of those remaining 7 games (5-2). And if we do go 5-2 against Chicago in those games, then this is what it looks like:Not including the 7 head-to-head matchups ..Detroit will have 41 games remaining and Chicago 43 games remaining.
If we go only 20 - 21 in our 41 games ..Chicago will have to go 23 - 20 just to tie us.
If we go 21 - 20 ..Chicago will have to go 24 - 19 just to tie us.
If we go 22 - 19 ..Chicago will have to go 25 - 18 just to tie us.
If we go 24 - 17 ..Chicago will have to go 27 - 16 just to tie us.
If Chicago ties us ..I like our chances against them in a 1-game playoff for the division title.
You get the picture? Our chances to take the AL Central depend much on what we do against Chicago in our remaining 7 head-to-head matchups.
Again ..much depends upon what the Tigers do in the 7 remaining games against the White Sox.
That's it in a nutshell. We win 5 of 7 against Chicago and it'll be awful tough on the Sox to win the division. Pure and simple. If we go 4-3 it'll still make it harder on Chicago than on Detroit. But if we go only 3-4 ..we'll probably lose the division and a playoff spot.
I still have Tigrrrs slated to win at least 90 games this year. Don't be a fair-weather fan. Don't wait until they win before you start cheering! Root for the Tigers all the way. Cheer now, as all these games and all these situations are building up to one very exciting September!
Here's the thing (sarcasm, I know you get it)...the other team is trying to win, too...
90 wins is about what it will take, as I expect Chicago to play well to the finish. Bullpen and RISP hitting must improve a bit from this weeks performances to get this done.
It's not quite that bad. The White Sox have two games in hand on us, and thus have 50 to play, while we have 48.
If the Sox go 25-25, we would have to go 25-23 to tie them, 26-22 to wind up on top.