Sonny Gray is second in the AL with a 2.10 ERA, and a win vs. loss that’s bound to get better as the A’s excel. Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics Won’t Face Detroit Tigers in ALDS

Oakland Athletics fans are very familiar with the Detroit Tigers. Since 2006, they have been the team to knock the Athletics out of the postseason every single time. In 2006, it was a sweep in the ALCS. In 2012 and 2013, it was a game 5 loss to Justin Verlander that knocked the Athletics out. In 2014, they will face the Detroit Tigers again, but it will be in the ALCS.

It has become very apparent that the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers are the best teams in the American League. The Toronto Blue Jays are on a hot streak similar to last season’s 13 game win streak, so it’ll be at least another month or so until we can determine whether or not their success is one that they can sustain all season long.

The Athletics and the Tigers will end up at the top of the American league. One of these two teams will end up with the no. 1 seed. The other will most likely get the 2nd, meaning that these two teams will not face each other.

That is great news for the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics can get past the Detroit Tiger in 7 games.

For example, last season the Detroit Tigers used Max Scherzer out of the bullpen in game 4, because they only needed 1 more loss to be eliminated. If it was a 7 game series, they wouldn’t have done that. The Athletics could have won game 4 if they didn’t have to face Scherzer. It’s not a fact that they would have. They might have still lost it, but facing the Tigers bullpen gives you a way better chance of winning than facing Max Scherzer instead. This is just speculation though.

Overall these two teams are the power houses of the American League. In 2014 they will face each other in the postseason yet again. It will most likely be in the ALCS, and if it gets to that point, the Athletics may finally reach the World Series.

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  • OaklandAsSocksGirl

    Thank the baseball gods! You are right … we can take those (I was gonna say something way worse) stupid Tigers in 7 games (at least the last 2 seasons obviously not in 2006 which really stung – I remember ppl hugging in the parking lot all teary eyed when we finally got past the ALDS) With the club we have right now … yeah, we have a shot at the world series … not liking tonight’s game so much though … f***ing Tigers! It’s tied but that makes it too insane … Even though we miss Verlander …I want this series hella bad and today, tomorrow and Thurs are all good pitching matchups. Technically we have the advantage ERA wise but the Tigers are like A’s killers … that said – we will NOT let it happen! Hopefully tonight we get some pie! Let’s Go Oakland!!!

  • Luke

    You do realize there is still four months of baseball left, right? Anything can happen and it’s so ridiculous that you are even speculating that the A’s and Tigers will for sure get the first and second playoff seed. Then you go on to say that we need another month to figure out if the Jays are serious contenders? What? Is this an onion article?

    • Jason Burke

      I think the point of waiting to see if the Jays are contenders stems from them not being in the playoff picture in recent years. The A’s and Tigers have, so the assumption is they will be again.

      • Luke

        Basically by that logic you’re essentially saying there’s no room for change or improvement in baseball. You can’t forget that it was only three years ago the A’s weren’t even a team who could break the .500 mark. Writing playoff previews in May just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, especially when there’s a lot of baseball left to be played.

        • jbenitez

          there is a lot of time for things to change. This is merely what I believe will happen. Like I said in the other comment, other major sports sites predict playoff teams before the season even starts. It’s just all in good fun.

    • jbenitez

      I know there is a lot of baseball left. But speculating is what sports writers do. People over at bleacher report and other sites like ESPN both speculate postseason teams before the season even starts. Speculation can be fun. It’s a matter of perspective. Yes, things can still change. Jason is right, we have seen the Athletics and the Tigers in the playoffs the last two years. The Blue Jays had a 13 game win streak but still didn’t make it. They have the same core group of guys, so it is very possible that the same thing happens this year. it’s all just in good fun!