The series started with so much hope for the Tigers but in the end they were swept out of Cleveland and out of contention. CC Sabathia allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings against a line-up that made it look like the Tigers are no longer in the pennant race which they really aren't. After today's 4-2 loss, they are now 5 1/2 behind the Yankees and 7 1/2 behind the Indians. The only positive thing I can say about their chances are that they have not yet been mathematically eliminated. That could happen this weekend though.
With no post-season to think about, I'll be hoping they can finish strong and may reach 90 victories. I'll also be focused on individual achievements down the stretch. Will Magglio Ordonez win the batting title? How high will Placido Polanco's batting average go? What else can Curtis Granderson add to his unique statistical line. Can Justin Verlander add a couple more great starts to his resume? There are still 9 games to go and I plan to enjoy them all.