In the end they may wind up being three meaningless losses to the Miami Marlins. However, we have seen teams in other sports take their foot off the gas and fail to find the accelerator again. Now the Tigers have five days to sit around and think about the pitiful performance they put forth not only today, September, 29 2013, but over the final series of the regular season. They failed to win any of the games. They were no hit today by the Marlins and in the series had just 3 runs scored on 16 hits. Not exactly numbers that will leave anyone shaking in their boots.
Now they have nearly a week to sit and wait for the American League Divisional Series to begin next Friday in Oakland, against the A's. A rematch of a hard fought series one year ago that saw the Tigers struggle with a lot of the problems they have had throughout 2013, a hot and cold offense along with bullpen issues.
Let's put this into perspective the Tigers just lost three games to the last place by 34 games Marlins. An offense that had the most hits in the American league with 1,625, scored the second most runs with 796, and who hit the fifth most home runs in their league with 176 just dropped three straight to the Marlins. Capped by a not getting a single hit in the final game of the year.
Granted the Tigers had nothing to play for having already wrapped up the division title, and pulled Rick Porcello out of the starting lineup as well as had an ailing Miguel Cabrera who didn't even play in the final game of the season. Maybe it means nothing but this is hardly the first time the Tigers have limped into the MLB post season.
In 2006 they needed one win on the road to win the division and the dropped the final three games to the Kansas City Royals. In 2009 they went 1-3 over the final four and wound up tied with the Minnesota Twins in the division, and then lost a one game playoff. The last two years they have won the division and gone 4-0 in 2011 and 3-1 over the final four games of the regular season to start the post season on an up note.