First of all, the Tigers played a bad baseball game last night, in every respect. Even the coach, Jim Leyland, who has been amazingly sharp all season, was way too slow on the trigger when it was time to pull starter Robertson.
The inability to move runners over, when you have them on first or second base with no outs, killed at least two potential rallies. There were several fielding miscues, the most-glaring being that of the pitcher Robertson, muffing the little grounder that started off the Yankees 5-run rally, and effectively put us behind the 8-ball for the rest of the night.
On the good side, the Tigers showed some pop at the plate, and had a couple of great opportunities to score in the late innings. They chased the Yankees' starter, Wang, and were working the middle reliever over pretty good, but their inability to play "small ball" left too many guys on base.
Tonight is a must-win, and the responsibility falls on the capable-but-inexperienced shoulders of Justin Verlander. He's a strong candidate for rookie-of-the-year, and has the best stuff of any of our pitchers, when he's on his game. You just have to wonder, if the heavy atmosphere (filled with ghosts of seasons' past), will be too much for him to handle. Especially considering that every guy in the Yankees' lineup last night, was a current or former All Star. There are no .245-.255 hitters you can coast through. Talk about Murderer's Row.