For the second straight season the AL Central Division title will come down to a 163rd game. The Tigers and Twins will play a one game playoff on Tuesday afternoon in the Metrodome. The playoff is well earned reward for the Twins after a frantic last 2 weeks of the season in which they chased and ultimately caught the Tigers. For the Tigers Tuesday’s game offers one last chance to stop the bleeding.
Detroit will send rookie Rick Porcello to the mound while the Twins counter with Scott Baker. The winner figures to be nothing more than first round fodder for the Yankees, though Detroit could be in much better position as they could still use Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson in the the first 2 games at Yankee Stadium. Baker is Minnesota’s Ace and if they pull out the victory he would be unavailable to begin the Divisional Series.
As an interesting subplot, Tuesday’s game could be the last game played at the Metrodome. The game also gives Joe Mauer and Miguel Cabrera one last opportunity to better their case for the AL MVP. A dominant performance could also propel Porcello to the top of the AL Rookie of the Year voting. Regardless of the outcome a one game playoff is great way to kickoff the baseball playoffs.