26 August 2012
The Detroit Tigers defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 on Sunday afternoon to take the series two games to one. The Tigers hold a 4-2 season series record versus the Angels with three games left to play (in Anaheim in two weeks).
The Tigers are currently competing with five teams for playoff positioning as we turn to the home stretch of the season. The Chicago White Sox are the obvious competition, they lead the AL Central by a couple of games, but they’re also battling it out with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Oakland Athletics, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Angels for a potential Wild Card berth (should it come to that).
Detroit has put up a strong showing versus that collective group with a 21-13 combined record (they’re even or better versus each of the five teams).
Detroit’s remaining schedule should be one of the easier in baseball, and should provide every opportunity for the team to show they deserve a spot in October. Here’s the breakdown of their 35 remaining games (in order of my perceived playoff relevance):
(7) versus the Chicago White Sox
(3) versus the Oakland Athletics
(3) versus the Los Angeles Angels
(6) versus the Cleveland Indians
(6) versus the Minnesota Twins
(10) versus the Kansas City Royals
That’s 13 game versus team they’re directly competing with, and 22 games versus teams with records that are well below .500.
Detroit still needs to take care of business and get the job done, but the number of tall tasks in front of them are dwindling. A 21-14 finish isn’t out of the question. That would give them 90 wins which should prove to be enough for the playoffs.
Matt Snyder writes about Baseball, Football, and College Basketball. He can be found online as the creator and editor of Forever Faithful, the editor of The Tigers Den, a contributor to Call To The Pen, and a contributor to SideLion Report. He can be reached on Twitter @snyder_matthew.