The way Verlander carved up the A's in Game 1, it would make sense that the veteran right-hander would be confident heading into an elimination game. Then again, losing Game 4 the way the Tigers did could be a bit discouraging and could potentially lead a pitcher to think that he has to shoulder the load of the entire team. That's why Verlander said after Game 4 that he's making sure to not treat it as anything other than a regular start. "No, you try to take it one day at a time," Verlander said. "Obviously that was a tough one, but it's not the first time this year we lost like that, but on a bigger stage. We've been resilient all year, and tomorrow is a new day." Fielder is 13-for-88 (.191) in his career in the postseason. However, nine of the 13 hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles, five homers). Cabrera singled in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game and has now reached base safely in each of his 15 postseason games with the Tigers. That is the third-longest streak in Detroit history behind Hank Greenberg (18) and Charlie Gehringer (16). A's: Parker gets another shot
Rookie starters are the norm for this A's team, and while Parker might be in his first full season in the Major Leagues, he doesn't seem like a rookie anymore. His manager, Bob Melvin, said he expects Parker to use what he learned from his first postseason outing when he gets another crack at Verlander and the Tigers on Thursday. "I think any time you get experience ... now all of a sudden the next time out you know what to expect and you know you can handle it," Melvin said. "His season as a whole, you've seen him get better and better and better and handle some things." Reddick has eight strikeouts in the ALDS, which is an Oakland record for a single postseason series. The previous record of seven was accomplished 11 times. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has hit safely in all four games of the ALDS in his MLB postseason debut. He's hitting .333 (5-for-15) with one run, two RBIs, two walks, two strikeouts and two stolen bases. Worth noting
Wednesday marked the first time in the series that Detroit did not register a quality start, although Max Scherzer was effective, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up one unearned run while striking out eight. Crisp now has a seven-game postseason hitting streak dating back to the 2008 ALCS and is 10-for-30 (.333) in that span.