This season, Lady Luck has not been a Detroit Tigers fan. Despite all of the drama and turmoil the team has faced, they still managed to clinch the American League Central Division Championship and seal a spot in the playoffs. Whether by hook, or by crook, they made it. Karma notwithstanding, thing have to be starting to roll in the Tigers favor, right?
Despite all the twists and turns of the regular season, Detroit finds themselves with, potentially a playoff-affecting injury to the third man in their starting rotation, Max Scherzer. On Wednesday, October 4, Max was supposed to pitch approximately four or five innings, in the final game of the regular season. Unfortunately, just 2 nights prior, he injured his ankle. No, he did not suffer the wound during their division-clinching game with Kansas City. He actually injured it during the post-game celebration, when a teammate stepped on him during a classic, celebratory "dog pile."
Baseball gods be damned!
Scherzer's anticipated Wednesday start was to be a test for his rehabbing left shoulder. With this latest injury, though manager Jim Leyland stated before Tuesday's game that is was not serious, it places the opening playoff rotation in jeopardy.
Down the stretch, Scherzer has been one of baseball's best pitchers, going 6-1 with three no-decisions in his last ten starts. Of those wins, two came against the Chicago White Sox and one each against the Anaheim Angels and potential postseason opponents the Texas Rangers. In third place, only 11 strikeouts behind the league leader and teammate Justin Verlander, Max's arm is something Detroit sorely needs as they enter postseason play.
Should Scherzer not be fit to return in time for his first playoff appearance of the 2012 postseason, Detroit will need to muster every ounce of its talent in order to ensure an early-round defeat doesn't take place. With Verlander and the always-dangerous Doug Fister slated to begin the opening series, Max has some time to recover. What remains to be seen, however, is if he can bounce back from the horde of injuries and find some way to perform at a consistent level, despite to nagging pain. If he can, Detroit's run at the American League Championship and a World Series appearance are all but certain.The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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