FAYETTEVILLE – Former Razorback Drew Smyly and the Detroit Tigers open postseason play on Friday against the Oakland Athletics in the American League Division Series.
Smyly and the Tigers start the series against Oakland on Friday night with first pitch at 8:30 p.m. Game two of the series is slated for Saturday at 8 p.m. The third game of the series is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7 with “if necessary” games four and five scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct. 10. Game times for the final three games of the series have not been announced. Games one, two, four and five will air on TBS, while game three will be televised by either TBS or the MLB Network.
Former Razorbacks have been successful in the MLB postseason as a former Razorback has helped his team to the World Series in six straight years, the longest current streak of any college baseball team. Last season, Smyly helped the Tigers to the American League title and an appearance in the World Series. Eric Hinske played in the World Series in 2007 (Red Sox), 2008 (Rays) and 2009 (Yankees), Craig Gentry made it to the World Series in 2010 (Rangers) and 2011 (Rangers) and Cliff Lee played in the World Series in 2009 (Phillies) and 2010 (Rangers).
Smyly has had a successful second season in the big leagues, pitching in 63 games, all in relief, and compiling a 6-0 record with two saves and a 2.37 ERA. Smyly’s 63 appearances rank second on the team. The left hander is averaging more than a strikeout an inning, fanning 81 batters in 76.0 innings, and has held opponents to a .219 batting average.
A two-year letterwinner at Arkansas, Smyly finished his collegiate career with a 12-2 record and a 3.47 ERA in 34 games pitched, including 28 starts. In 2010, Smyly finished the season with a 9-1 record and a 2.80 ERA to earn second team All-SEC honors. Smyly struck out 114 batters in 2010, which ranks as the fifth-most strikeouts in a season in Arkansas history.
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