Anibal Sanchez did what he was brought to Detroit to do. He pitched well, only allowing 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings and was, what seemed anyway, like the only player who showed up on Tuesday night.
The Tigers had a chance to close out the series on Tuesday but with Prince Fielder being robbed of a home run and a double the best offensive efforts, they weren’t going to be able to do much.
They have two more tries to move on to the ALCS, on Wednesday and Thursday nights and they should be able to win one of those games. With Max Scherzer starting Game 4 and Justin Verlander starting Game 5, if you can’t split those two game, you don’t deserve to move on to the ALCS.
This game was so incredibly boring there isn’t much else to say besides they lost, didn’t hit and Sanchez pitched well. But, there is a silver lining, they don’t have too much rest between series.
In 2006 the Tigers had a full week off before the World Series and that late in the year, I believe that cost them. The next year, the Colorado Rockies had 8 days off before the World Series and they were also defeated handily in the World Series.
The Tigers have no injuries to recover from and MLB gives them plenty of off days already so maybe it helps that they are still able to head back out for one or two more games before moving on, don’t want your body to think you are shutting it down for the year.