American League Central
One Goal Achieved, More Ahead: Tigers ‘Didn’t Break’ Joba Chamberlain Says, But ‘We’ve Bent A Little Bit’
At some points this season, it looked like the Tigers – a World Series favorite since before the season began – could end up as a wild card or even miss the playoffs altogether.
As fans chanted “Let’s go, Joe! Let’s go, Joe!” and stood together, Nathan threw a one-two-three inning, sealing the deal for Detroit, which has now won the division in four straight seasons.
“There’s not really much we can do about it,” Ausmus said of Porcello’s September woes. “He’s one of our starters, so he’s going to pitch.”
To be sure, the Tigers are happy to be a lock for the playoffs, but they want the division, not the wild card.
Stakes could not be much higher in a regular season game.
Stafford emerged from the game with a 125.3 passer rating, but statistics tell only part of the story.
39-year-old Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan has seen his share of pennant races, and for him, Sept. 1 marks the start of scoreboard watching.
The Tigers have won 15 of their past 21 games, including three out of four in this AL Central series.
Maybe you knew that kid in school. Or maybe you were that kid. The one the teachers said had great potential, tested off the charts, but failed to live up to their potential. That’s what the Tigers have reminded me of in the first half of the 2012 season.
Three reasons the Tigers haven’t been able to put away the rest of the American League Central: