Last week, the Kage's advanced probabilities formula indicated that the Tigers would clinch the division with a win over the Twins on Monday, Sept. 28. On the way to getting there, the formula predicted that the Tigers’ Magic Number would be down to 9 by the end of the recent three-game series against Minnesota. Instead, it’s at 11, a little off pace. No big deal.
Actually, were it not for a rookie outfielder losing a flyball in that stupid Metrodome roof Saturday evening, the Tigers’ Magic Number would be sitting at 9. Thankfully, the Kage’s formula takes into account such anomalies. We predict things will correct themselves sometime this week. We’re still calling for a Sept. 28 clinching.