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October 8, 2013
by Paul Sporer
The A’s pummeled Anibal Sanchez to take a commanding 2-1 lead as the Tigers now face elimination at home. Fireworks erupted at the end of the game as Grant Balfour and Victor Martinez exchanged NSFW words causing benches to clear.
Athletics (Dan Straily) at Tigers (Doug Fister) 5:07 p.m. ET
PECOTA odds of winning: Tigers 59%, Athletics 41%
Projected Starting Lineups:
Athletics vs. Fister (R)
Tigers vs. Straily (R)
Coco Crisp (S) CF
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It'll be interesting to see how things turn out. As an A's fan, I'm hoping your prediction for today works out like your prediction for yesterday did.
Peralta is a right-handed hitter.
in Leland's position, I would start Scherzer on three day's rest instead and Verlander on regular rest Thursday.
I'm more than OK dancing with who brung ya. They can go to JV if it gets tight and Straily is beatable. We'll see. I'm beyond nervous.
These are some ballsy predictions, Paul. Picking not just the Tigers but more than three runs from a Cabrera-less lineup (whoever that is wearing 24 these days ain't Miggy). If they pull this one out I like their chances in Game 5 but I just don't have a good feeling about this.
Well 7-2 sure isn't happening. Making a solid Straily look like a Cy Young candidate. At least Fister is settling in, but even a 1-0 lead feels insurmountable.
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