Out of Left Field live chat, clincher edition
For the first time since the days of player-managers like Mickey Cochrane, great nicknames like those possessed by "Hammerin'" Hank Greenberg and Charlie "The Mechanical Man" Gehringer, and all around great names like Gee Walker, Goose Goslin, Jo-Jo White, Heinie Schuble, Icehouse Wilson, Schoolboy Rowe, Elden Auker, Firpo Marberry, Chief Hogsett and General Crowder, the Detroit Tigers are headed back to the postseason for a second straight year.
Detroit's 6-3 win over the Royals on Monday clinched back-to-back American League Central Division titles for Detroit, sending them back to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since the luminaries named above roamed Navin Field in 1934 and 1935.
As it looks right now, the Tigers will be locked into the No. 3 seed in the AL playoffs, and start at home on Saturday. Since this year's playoff schedule needed to be condensed to add the second Wild Card to the mix, MLB changed the Division Series games back to a 2-3 format, where the lower seed — the Tigers in this case — hosts the first two games of the series, before visiting the home city of the higher seed. End result is that it eliminates one travel day in the first round. Times, obviously, are TBA.
[Here is a good reference for the up-to-the-minute playoff picture.]
Granted, I'm sure none of the Detroit Tigers, who were in the champagne-soaked scrum in the visiting locker room at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium Monday night will be up for it, but we'll be here at 12:30 p.m. — as we are every week — on Tuesday to chat about the Tigers.
Bring your questions and comments — about the Tigers, the postseason, Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown and MVP chances — back to this link during your lunch hour.
I'll be here.