Just five days earlier, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander limited the Oakland Athletics to four hits in a great performance despite a 1-0 loss. This time, he one-upped himself and two-hit the A’s, carrying a perfect game into the fifth and a no-hitter into the seventh inning on a night where his stuff looked simply unhittable.
Are we witnessing the best postseason stretch of pitching ever? It is possible. Verlander is certainly no stranger to the post-season as this is his fourth appearance in the big dance — and he has saved his best for this year.
Verlander has been as close to untouchable as a pitcher can get in October. He seems to be in total control on the mound, and even star players look helpless against the fireballer. The Tigers may go as far as their pitching staff, and specifically the right arm of Verlander, takes them. Between Verlander and Cy Young favorite Max Scherzer, their top-of-the-rotation horses simply blow away the competition.
As the old saying goes, pitching wins in October. By that philosophy, you can give the Tigers the trophy now. Their starting pitching is on another planet right now.
They will head to the ALCS to face off against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox feature a dynamic offense. The Tigers feature dominant starting pitching. It’s the unstoppable force vs. the immovable object. This should be a classic championship duel of pitching vs. offense. October is all about the man on the mound.
Right now, there is no one on the same planet as Verlander. My money is on the Tigers.