The American League Division Series between the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers will end Tuesday in Detroit. The best-of-five series will come to a close with a Game 4 win from the A’s, and they will advance to the American League Championship Series.
That’s how their owner, Len Wolff, sees it playing out, at least. Wolff has predicted a win in Game 4, which will be played Tuesday in Detroit. If Oakland wins, the A’s will wrap up the series with a 3-1 series win.
“I’m confident we don’t have to go back to Oakland,” he told USA Today. “I think we’re going to win it here.”
That’s a bold statement coming from Wolff, who has owned the A’s since 2005. Oakland has been to the playoffs three times since then and only reached the ALCS once. That came coincidentally against the Tigers, who swept the A’s in 2006. Oakland was also eliminated in four consecutive seasons from 2000 through 2003, despite winning an average of 98 wins per season on the way to three division titles as well.
If Grant Balfour‘s maniacal shouting match with Victor Martinez didn’t wake up the Tigers, the guy sitting in the opposition owner’s box may be the one who wakes the sleeping tiger(s).