Was reading about Farnsworth getting traded to Atlanta, and at the bottom of the article, this tasty little tidbit (though not anything really earthshaking..just some good press)
here's the link to original story, and an excerpt:
What Dombrowski learned about his club in July was that one player -- coming or going -- wasn't going to alter the last one-third of the season.
The Tigers weren't on the outer fringes of the wild-card race this late in the season because of anything they accomplished; it was because the American League has so many flawed teams.
One club that no longer fits that description is Oakland. The streaking Athletics broomed the Tigers in a three-game weekend series to take control of the wild-card race, and they've moved within one game of the West-leading Angels.
The Tigers pointed to what the A's have done -- 42 wins in 56 games after a terrible start -- as proof that significant turnarounds are possible.
That's true for a team as efficient as the A's have been. The not-so-efficient Tigers have yet to put it together for more than a few games at a time this season and seem a long ways removed from being the kind of club that can pull off a hot streak anything like the Athletics'.
The A's are trying to author one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history by making the playoffs after being 15 games under .500, which they were the morning of May 30.
That would match the 1914 Boston Braves, who came from 15 games under .500 during the regular season to ultimately win the World Series. For that stirring reversal, they earned the nickname "the Miracle Braves."
Speaking of miracles, it would now take a minor one for the Tigers to get back in the playoff chase -- no matter who is closing for them.