They’ve won before when they had their backs up against the wall. They beat an Oakland team in two straight, including a game 5 on the road. They tied the Red Sox to avoid falling into a 3-1 deficit. If any team can steal two on the road, it might be the Tigers. Why? Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.
This isn’t to say this series is destined to go the full 7 games, at all. You can count on Scherzer to give the Tigers a chance, though, and if he gives them a chance and they take advantage, well. You can certainly count on Verlander to do the same.
The big bats will need to produce, however, and in key situations. They came close at various times tonight, as the Red Sox pitching staff bent but didn’t break. The Tigers were down early but not quite out. The comeback didn’t come to fruition tonight.
The Tigers will have a bigger comeback in mind on Saturday, and they’ll have just the man on the mound to set it into motion.