DETROIT -- I'm heading back to Chicago this morning after seeing Justin Verlander do what Justin Verlander does -- dominate. That puts the Tigers in a really good position to win this series, despite being the lower seed; if it does happen to go the distance, Verlander can throw again on normal rest Thursday. If Doug Fister throws well enough this afternoon in Detroit -- and that's a pretty quick turnaround for both teams -- that puts the A's in a tough spot. (At least the umpires stayed out of controversy in both of Saturday's games.)
This afternoon and evening will provide more than 12 hours of baseball. I know, I know, most of you will be watching the NFL Sunday afternoon, particularly when the Bears game starts at 3 p.m. CT, but I'll (mostly) stick to baseball. Even though the Cubs are far from any sort of contention for one of these series, this is what the season is played for -- a chance to win the World Series.
One thing I am not looking forward to is having to listen to the ancient Dick Stockton again. What names will he mess up in the Nats/Cards series? Will we hear about "Bruce" Harper? Or "Yoda" Molina? The announcing in general so far has been pedestrian and dull; you'd think TBS could do better. The fact that Bob Brenly will share the booth with Stockton will make listening to that series more tolerable.
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