The Detroit Tigers had been the early favorite to win the AL Central heading into the season. They’d hold onto their lead in the division throughout the year, but it was far from the run-away victory that many had predicted. Meanwhile, despite their success a year ago there were few who chose the Oakland Athletics as the favorites in the AL West. The A’s never relented, holding off a push from the Texas Rangers while the rest of the division sat further behind.
The two teams has seven meetings this past season, with Oakland taking four of them while barely outscoring the Tigers 42-40. Detroit did win two of three in Oakland.
Date: Friday, October 4th
Start Time: 9:30 PM EST
Location: Oakland, California
Venue: O.co Coliseum
TV Info: TBS
Radio Info: ESPN Radio, 97.1 The Ticket (DET), 95.7 FM The Game (OAK)
Live Stream: MLB.tv or the MLB at Bat 12 App.
AL Cy Young favorite Max Scherzer will get the start for Detroit, coming off a 21-3 season with a 2.90 ERA. Despite his dominance over nearly every opponent on the season, he was winless in a pair of starts against the A’s on the year (4.91 ERA, 1.364 WHIP, 11.0 IP). Meanwhile Oakland counters with 40 year old Bartolo Colon, who’s 18-6 year with a 2.65 ERA and 1.166 WHIP is arguably the best season he’s had since his 2005 Cy Young winning campaign.