Sunday afternoon was a tough day for the Oakland Athletics and starting pitcher Jarrod Parker. The Detroit Tigers won the series rubber game, 10-1, one day after dominating the A’s in a 7-3 Saturday victory.
Heading into the three-game set at home against the defending American League champion Tigers, the A’s looked impenetrable, ranking in the top two in the league in both runs scored and team ERA, creating an unbeatable formula that requires no Moneyball mathematics: Score the most runs and allow the fewest, and you should always win.
With the A’s completely red-hot, the next big question was whether they could take down the AL-pennant-winning Tigers, the same team that defeated them in five games in the division series of last year’s playoffs. Could Oakland exact some revenge by possibly winning two of three games last weekend?
Additionally, would the A’s somehow beat all-world ace Justin Verlander, who dominated them twice in the aforementioned 2012 postseason series?
Here are five things we learned from this past weekend’s series against the Detroit Tigers.