Both the Oakland A’s and the Detroit Tigers went all in and bolstered their pitching staffs as the prepare for the postseason. Of course they aren’t the only two teams to watch in the American League, but suddenly a potential matchup between these two starting rotations has baseball fans salivating.
Billy Beane had already added Jeff Samardzija, and now he adds John Lester. This latest one cost him Yoenis Cespedes so who knows how it will play out, but the A’s will have the arms to compete in October.
But when it comes to mortgaging the future, the Tigers and their 85-year-old owner Mike Ilitch may have the A’s beat as they’ve dumped some great prospects in this mad flurry, capped off with their acquisition of David Price who now heads the most intimidating rotation in baseball. If Justin Verlander is your fourth starter you definitely have a shot in the postseason. We’ll see though if that’s enough.