Here are 3 reasons why Tigers fans shouldn’t panic:
- It’s only 1 game! If my memory serves me correctly, Detroit lost Game 1 of the 2006 ALDS against the Yankees, but won the next 3 to take the series. The Tigers won the season series against the Yankees, including 3 straight wins in Detroit. Sure, we would all feel much more comfortable being a game up rather than a game down, but this series is far from over.
- The game wasn’t as lop-sided as the score indicated. Alburquerque made a mistake to Cano that cost 4 runs in the form of a grand slam. In the first inning (Friday), the Tigers made several defensive mistakes that could have easily prevented the first Yankee run from scoring. Eliminating those 5 runs makes it a 5-3 score. Although the result is still a loss, a 2 run loss sounds much better than a 6 loss.
- Miguel Cabrera. He knows what it takes to succeed in the postseason. In 2003, Cabrera won the World Series while playing with the Florida Marlins. His dangerous bat and past postseason experience will spark a dangerous Tigers offense before this series is over.
Before we throw in the towel, let’s wait and see what happens in Game 2. The Tigers battled are season long, and I guarantee they won’t go down without a fight.