Wins count the same in the standings whenever you get them, so a logical response to the A’s 3-6 home-stand would be one of disappointment.
Yet part of what so many of us love about sport, in all its forms, is that logic usually takes a back seat. It doesn’t matter how many blows your team takes, you watch the next game thinking this could be the one where everything turns around.
Maybe that’s what we saw over the past couple of days when the A’s rescued two brilliant wins against the New York Yankees. Although we’ve lost some ground in the play-off race, we can come into this week with a spring in our step, not least thanks to the “TK Magic” that had us cheering like idiots at 3.20am this morning in the UK.
Season series so far: 4-0
The A’s did a number on the Tigers back in April, sweeping a four-game series at the Coliseum during our 13-game winning streak. It was part of a very difficult start to the season for Detroit, finishing April with an 8-19 record, yet since that first month A.J. Hinch’s team have quietly put together an encouraging campaign as they continue their rebuild.
The Tigers are 54-50 since April, although they have tailed off recently, losing 9 of their last 15 games. They play the Minnesota Twins on Monday in a make-up game before the three-game series against the A’s.
Probable starting pitchers are:
- Gm1. Cole Irvin – Tarik Skubal
- Gm2. James Kaprielian – Wily Peralta
- Gm3. Sean Manaea – Matt Manning
Season series so far: 2-2
It’s difficult to know quite how to characterise the Blue Jays’ season so far. It’s been a positive one in many ways, but as we come into this week they are fourth in the tough AL East division.
What is of no surprise to us is that Marcus Semien has had an absolute stormer of a season, putting his below-par shortened 2020 firmly behind him and ensuring that he will get a much-deserved lucrative multi-year contract from someone this off-season.
It should be an entertaining series and two of the games are a convenient time for us to watch live in the UK. The probable pitching match-ups are as follows:
- Gm1. Frankie Montas – Alek Manoah
- Gm2. Paul Blackburn – José Berríos
- Gm3. Cole Irvin – Robbie Ray