The Tigers wrapped up their division behind a fantastic start from David Price. Price, who was acquired from the Rays in a three-team trade on July 31, hasn't been great in a Tigers uniform, coming into today's game 3-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 10 starts. However, his gem today -- 7 1/3 innings, no hits, no runs, eight strikeouts, and two walks -- proved his worth as the Tigers wrapped up a 3-0 victory over the Twins.
I predicted the Tigers to win the American League prior to the season, and now that they don't have to play in the one-game AL Wild Card round, their pitching staff could talk them all the way to the World Series. Their starting rotation includes Max Scherzer (18-5, 3.15 ERA), Justin Verlander (15-12, 4.54), Rick Porcello (15-13, 3.43), Anibal Sanchez (8-5, 3.43), and now Price.
Prior to this season, I thought they would reach a fourth, but fall to the Washington Nationals in the series. Pitching is a common theme for postseason teams and the Cardinals are right there atop the best staffs in baseball. Behind Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38), Michael Wacha (5-6, 3.20), Lance Lynn (15-10, 2.74), Shelby Miller (10-9, 3.74), Justin Masterson (6-9, 5.97), and John Lackey (14-10, 3.82) the Cardinals have an arsenal of quality starting pitchers that isn't matched by any other team. And behind a lineup featuring Yadier Molina, the Cardinals could make a lot of noise in October.
Congratulations to the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals on clinching the American and National League Central divisions.