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Detroit Tigers Not Dead Yet

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The Detroit Tigers are not dead yet

Atlanta– The Detroit Tigers are putting up a fight for the final Wild Card spot with just two games left to decide who gets in.  Behind Cabrera’s two home runs and Daniel Norris’ dominant pitching the Tigers have climbed to within a half-game of the Toronto Blue Jays for the second Wild Card spot.  Norris would go 6 2/3  innings and only yield one run to the Braves as Cabrera would go 3-5 with 2 home runs and drove in 3 runs.  Justin Upton would also step up for the Tigers as he had a solo shot in the third inning and went 3-4 on the night.

What the Tigers have been able to do this season has been done quietly to say the least.  As many have watched the Orioles and Blue Jays have their up and down moment, the tigers managed to climb themselves back into the conversation.  Now with just two game left to be played they have positioned themselves for a chance at a playoff spot.

The Toronto Blue Jays will finish out their season with two more games against the Boston Red Sox, while the Tigers are facing the Atlanta Braves.  On paper this looks to favor the Detroit Tigers on the final weekend of the 2016 season.  The Atlanta Braves currently have the worst record in the National League and the Red Sox have clinched the American League east division and have the second best record in the AL.  However, the Atlanta Braves are fighting for respect and the opportunity to contribute to helping decide who makes the playoffs.  The Braves are 8-2 in their last 10 games and would love to bust the bubble of an American League team that is fighting to get in.  The Red Sox on the other hand are setting themselves up for the playoffs and may consider resting some guys to prepare for the postseason.

The Wild Card race is shaping up to be everything that Major League Baseball could want and will keep us all watching right up until the last game of the season.  Stay tuned because it’s getting interesting.