With just 19 games remaining on the Detroit Tigers' schedule this season (and 21 games remaining for the Kansas City Royals) there are reasons for optimism for Tigers fans. Here are five of them.
2. The Royals don’t get to play the Minnesota Twins any more. Detroit has seven more games against the Twins.
3. Detroit plays 13 of their final 19 games at Comerica Park. The Royals have 10 home and 11 away. One of those road games was a home game, but is now suspended, to be completed in Cleveland with the Indians leading by two runs going to the bottom of the 10th inning.
4. The Tigers finish with seven games at home. The Royals finish with seven games on the road.
5. The Royals have just one day off remaining this season, while the Tigers have two. This could be important, not just from a fatigue standpoint, but skipping that fifth starter as necessary.
In addition to all of the above, the Tigers and Royals play each other six times. Detroit has won nine of the 13 games so far this season between the two teams.
Here is a handy composite schedule for the American League's contenders:
|Date||Detroit||Kansas City||Cleveland||Los Angeles||Oakland||Seattle|
+Kansas City and Cleveland will complete a suspended game on Sept 22 with Cleveland leading, 4-2, going to the bottom of the 10th inning with the Royals coming up, then play their regularly scheduled game.
#The Angels play one make up game on Sept 8 at Cleveland. 6/18 game was postponed.