After the abysmal performance by the Detroit Tigers in game four last night, they are headed back to good old New York to play a decisive game five tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on TBS.
Like any game, there are going to be many keys to the game. However, the biggest one for the Tigers will be getting the lineup to be patient at the plate. In game four, the offense did not take many pitches from Yankee starter A.J. Burnett and as a result, only had one run for the game. That will have to change if the Tigers want to move on to the ALCS.
Another key for the Tigers will be a good outing from starter Doug Fister. Fister didn’t do that bad in the second half of game one. He was charged with six earned runs but Fister himself only gave up two of them. The Tigers will need Fister to give them six to seven solid innings this time around to be successful.
Last but not least, the Tigers will need offense from an unexpected source tomorrow. Jim Leyland has announced that Magglio Ordonez will start in right field and Don Kelly will get the start at third base. Mags is replacing Kelly in the field and then Kelly is replacing Wilson Betemit (reminded me of Pedro Cerrano from the movie Major League last night) at third base for the game tomorrow. Other people who need to step up include center fielder Austin Jackson and catcher Alex Avila. These two were important contributors to the offense during the regular season and need to produce tomorrow night if the Tigers are going to win.
All in all, no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s game, the Tigers have provided the city and its sports fans a lift throughout the summer and into the fall. Let’s hope they can keep the magical season going.