We’re not surprised that the Tigers finally blew their AL Central lead; that they did it on the last day of the season after losing 5 straight—that is a surprise. And so the Yanks will host Detroit beginning tomorrow night. The pitching matchups:
Nate Robertson vs. Chien-Ming Wang
Justin Verlander vs. Mike Mussina
Kenny Rogers vs. Randy Johnson (who seems okay)
Jeremy Bonderman vs. Jaret Wright
Elsewhere, Oakland plays at Minnesota, the Dodgers play the Mets, and St. Louis plays at San Diego. Looking back at the preseason predictions, I’ll pat myself on the back for picking 5 out of the 6 division winners. And a Subway Series. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
More on the matchups and fallout from the last day later. Certainly, the 3rd-place Red Sox had an interesting day: a 5 inning no-hitter from lobsterman Devern Hansack. Coulda used one of those last month.