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How To Bet On Athletics Tigers – Athletics Ready For ALDS Versus Tigers

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 10/7/2012 6:18:01 PM

With the Detroit Tigers battling the Chicago White Sox for the American League Central entering the final two weeks of the MLB regular season, few would have predicted that the big finish would come in the AL West, where the Texas Rangers comfortably led. However, after losing six of 10 games the Rangers entered their final regular season series just two games up on the Oakland Athletics for the division lead with three to play.

While the Tigers locked up the AL Central by winning eight of their final 10, the Athletics went on to sweep Texas and clinch the AL West in a shocking twist of events that has left the Rangers to a Wild Card game after leading the division by as many as 13 games this season. As exciting as the last two weeks have been, the focus for Oakland now shifts to the ALDS where they open a Best-of-5 series against the Tigers looking to parlay the momentum of their late online betting run in to playoff success.

“The Athletics were supposed to lose 100 games,” as Jonny Gomes put it, but instead the bright gold and green are celebrating an AL West title and the chance and much more. Coming back from four runs down to beat Texas on their own turf and clinch the division in the season finale was a fitting conclusion to a regular season in which Oakland battled back from 13 games back to win the title, and it will be interesting to see how that ability to perform in the clutch serves this team in the postseason. The Athletics had little to worry about in terms of expectations, and thrived without the pressure to perform. That could change in the postseason after Oakland’s incredible finish, but for this online sportsbook team taking it one step at a time will always be the key.

As for the Tigers, it’s hard to imagine a team led by the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years could fly somewhat under the radar, but depending on what part of the country you are in Detroit isn’t getting the attention it should. Miguel Cabrera hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI to lead the majors in all three categories, and it’s easy to forget that in last year’s ALCS he hit .400 with three home runs and four doubles. Prince Fielder hit .313 with 108 RBI and didn’t get nearly enough recognition in Cabrera’s shadow, while unheralded members of the offense like Austin Jackson and Delmon Young were consistently productive. Detroit could have the best 1-2 punch in the majors in Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, and will make it very tough on the Athletics to keep their incredible run going.

It will be a good thing for baseball to see the gold and green back in the postseason, especially considering their payroll and how they got here. The Athletics have proved that they cannot be counted out time and again, and now get the chance to prove its sports betting merit with the spotlight the brightest. Whether or not Oakland can get the job done against a talented Tigers’ team only time will tell, but either way it has been an incredible ride and could get a whole lot better.

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