Who will Tigers face in Division Series? Maybe Texas
The Tigers will finish as the only division champion in baseball this season with less than 90 wins. However, they’re the first AL team to clinch a division title. So they’ll spend at least Tuesday night and possibly Wednesday waiting to see who they’ll face. They already know they’ll be the lower-seeded team, hosting Games 1 and 2 on Saturday and Sunday before hitting the road for the rest of the best-of-5 Division Series.
If the season ended today (and there’s a neat little page for this), the Tigers would be getting a rematch with the Rangers, this time in a best-of-5 instead of the best-of-7 they had in last year’s ALCS. And obviously, they’d be opening in Detroit, where the first two games would likely determine the course of the series.
Why Texas? While the Rangers have owned the AL’s best record for much of the stretch run, they’ve lost six of their last 10, while the Yankees have won six of their last 10 to move into a tie with Texas at 93-67 (more importantly, holding off the Orioles so far for the AL East lead).
The Yankees own the tiebreaker over the Rangers thanks to head-to-head matchups. New York went 4-3 against Texas this season. The Yankees also finish up their regular season with two more games against a Red Sox club that fielded a fairly brutal lineup Monday night. The Rangers, meanwhile, have two more matchups against an A’s team that has a chance to beat them out for the AL West title.
If the A’s beat the Rangers the next couple nights, then the Tigers will be facing Oakland in a matchup that went Detroit’s way during a three-game series two weeks ago at Comerica Park.
So between Tigers-Royals and Rangers-A’s, there’ll be some late-night baseball worth watching, certainly tonight, maybe tomorrow as well.