15 October 2011

2011 MLB Postseason: Can the Tigers Force a Game 7?

After a ballsy decision by Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland worked out in Detroit's favor in Game 5, the Tigers have forced a game 6 and sends the series back to Arlington as the Texas Rangers have another chance to win the series and head to their second straight World Series? Will they close out the series tonight or will there be a game 7 on Sunday night?
Let's be fair, the Tigers really should not be in this position. The Rangers have proven to have the deeper lineup and the deeper bullpen than the Tigers do. Plus they are a very good home team.
But I have to go with the Tigers in this one. First off, the pitching matchup is Max Scherzer, who has been very strong in the postseason and pitched well in game 2, and Derek Holland, who had the shortest start ever by a Tiger in the postseason ever and didn't make it out of the 3rd inning. Secondly, Leyland has been doing some magnificent managerial work this season with most of his decisions are working out in his favor. I think the Tigers will win tonight and force a game 7.

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