The Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown watch is the main focus for fans in Detroit on this final day of the regular season while the American League Central champion Tigers still aren’t sure about their playoff opponent in best of 5 division series that opens Saturday at Comerica Park. Detroit lost its next to last game last night 4-to-2 at Kansas City. Cabrera had two hits and two RBI’S in 3 at-bats for Detroit and is basically a lock to end up the batting average and RBI leader for the season, but the home run title remains up in the air. No matter what happens tonight against the Royals, Cabrera’s numbers point to one of the greatest seasons ever in Major League history, considering Lou Gehrig is the only other player to reach this level: .a .331 batting average with 205 hits, 40 doubles, 44 home runs and 139 RBI’s. It will be Detroit manager Jim Leyland’s call tonight, but Cabrera is expected to start at Kansas City.
Last night, Doug Fister allowed three runs in four-and-a-third innings for the loss. It will be a bullpen rotation pitching tonight for the Tigers with Luis Marte scheduled to get his first career start. It was hoped that Max Scherzer would go to the mound this evening for Detroit to test his sore right shoulder but the 16-game winner has a slightly twisted ankle that’s a bit swollen after it was apparently stepped on during the Monday night celebration when the Tiger’s won the pennant.