The Oakland Athletics (96-66) are ready to take on the Detroit Tigers (93-69) at the O.co Coliseum tomorrow for the first game of the ALDS at 6:30pm PST. With the pitching rotation released for both teams, speculations have been flying around on to who will win what games and who will ultimately win the series. For game one, the Oakland Athletics will be putting veteran Bartolo Colon on the mound while the Tigers will have Max Scherzer
Even though this is his first postseason start in eight years, Colon has had an amazing season and is ready to take on the Tigers. He went 18-6 this season with a 2.65 ERA. Even though he had a hiccup in August caused by a groin strain, he has proven himself once again with a 1.16 ERA for September. Colon also thrives while pitching at the O.co Coliseum. This season, he was 8-3 at home with a 53 strikeouts and a 2.58 ERA. Colon is riding a four game win streak from regular season going into Friday night’s game and a win would be a great way to start off the postseason.
Scherzer has been equally successful this season going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA. In 214.1 innings, he has 240 strikeouts. He has outshined the Tigers usual star pitching Justin Verlander who has started almost every postseason since 2006. Last year, Scherzer pitched game four of the ALDS against the Athletics and struck out eight in 5 ½ innings while only allowing one earned run. Additionally, this season, he went 9-2 while on the road. Chances of him succeeding in Oakland are high.
However, the last time Scherzer faced the A’s in late August this season, he struggled. Over five innings, he allowed eight hits, six runs, and two home runs. Colon had a solid five innings. He had seven hits and only allowed one run.
These two pitchers are equally matched. Both have had outstanding success this year and both seem to do well while pitching at Oakland. The Oakland Athletics lineup is going to have to back up Colon if they want to win this game. If the A’s are less than perfect on Friday, they will lose the first game against the Tigers.