2012 ALDS Preview – Oakland A’s vs. Detroit Tigers

2012 AL Division Series

Game

Matchup

Day

Date

Time ET

TV

Gm 1

OAK @ DET

Sat

Oct. 6

DET 3 – OAK 1

Gm 2

OAK @ DET

Sun

Oct. 7

DET 5 – OAK 4

Gm 3

DET @ OAK

Tue

Oct. 9

OAK 2 – DET 0

Gm 4

DET @ OAK

Wed

Oct. 10

OAK 4 – DET 3

Gm 5

DET @ OAK

Thu

Oct. 11

DET 6 – OAK 0

UPDATE: Detroit Tigers advance to the 2012 ALCS

Team Overview

Team

Record

Avg.

R

HR

ERA

BAA

 Oakland A’s 94-68 .238 713 195 3.48 .245
 Detroit Tigers 88-74 .268 726 163 3.75 .256

 

 

 

 

 

Although the A’s are celebrating their comeback win of the season tonight they know they still have a lot of work to do. Despite the celebration in Oakland, the Detroit Tigers go into their postseason match up with a better batting average, more runs, more hits, and an easier win of the AL Central that allowed them to rest their players.  Oakland, surprisingly, actually has the pitching advantage, with a lower ERA and lower opponents batting average.  The Oakland A’s enter the postseason with the momentum to win and a clean slate.

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Head to Head

 Team

Record

Avg.

R

HR

ERA

BAA

Oakland A’s 3-4 .252 37 7 5.46 .298
Detroit Tigers 4-3 .298 40 7 5.31 .252

Not only do the Tigers have the upper hand with a 4-3 season series advantage, they also have the memory of sweeping the A’s in the 2006 ALCS. The mark of this postseason’s match up will be the chance for Oakland to get revenge. Unfortunately for them they march against not only Justin Verlander’s arm, but also Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown. It’s a good thing they know something about overcoming obstacles, and they boast a pretty strong pitching staff themselves. However, when these two teams met during the regular season, it was a slugfest.  When squaring off, head to head, each team posted ERA’s nearly 2 runs higher than their season average.  The team that can minimize the damage on the mound will likely be the team that comes out on top.

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2012 ALDS Predictions

The Tigers are the favored team to win. In fact, there aren’t many who give the A’s much of a chance to win at all. But this doesn’t disqualify them. They’re on a roll and they have the momentum to carry out another great comeback. The Tigers have at least one Justin Verlander outing to their advantage, possibly two depending on how many games we see played out in the series. If Oakland can take game one against Verlander, the Tigers will put themselves in a hole that will be hard to get come out of.  However, if Justin Verlander can be the postseason star we know him to be, the series will go Tigers in 4.

About Aaron Garcia

Aaron is an avid sports fan who passionately follows the NFL, NBA and MLB, in addition to NCAA Sports. He is an Arizona State University grad who loves the Dodgers and the Patriots.