There was a stretch of games in September where the A's pitching seemed to be falling apart. In consecutive games, they gave up 8, 5, 6, 6, 9, 7, 9 and 7 runs. And then Dan Haren went into the Metrodome, threw a three-hitter, and the A's won the game 1-0. The A's seemed to settle down after that, and went on a 8-1 hot streak that won them the division title.
If Haren can come through again, and get the A's a Game 5, I have a feeling Barry Zito will bounce back from his bad Game 1 start. Everyone keeps saying how brilliant the Tigers game plan was against Zito, but how brilliant is it to score runs against a guy who can't throw his fastball or his curve for a strike? You sit changeup and hit it. Duh. Zito won't have that kind of bad control again. He'll be better. Win those two, and suddenly, you're back in Oakland again, and things get interesting.
Of course, that would mean using Esteban Loaiza again, but we'll deal with that if it comes to that.