ALCS 2013: Detroit Tigers' Starters Give Them The Edge

By John Raffel
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

They have a past American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young winner in Justin Verlander.

They also have the likely Cy Young Award winner in the American League for 2013 in Max Scherzer.

That, right there, gives the Detroit Tigers the pitching edge over the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.

The Tigers have Anibal Sanchez in Game 1 and probably Game 5 of the ALCS. But tentatively, Scherzer is set for Games 2 and 6 and Verlander for 3 and 7. That gives all three the appropriate amount of rest. But more importantly for the Tigers, it gives Sanchez and Verlander two games apiece if Detroit can make it a seven-game series.

Both Scherzer and Verlander showed in the American League Divisional Series against the Oakland Athletics that they’re on their A game when it comes to the postseason. They’ve both been here before and they know how to buckle down and get the job done. If one of them does have an off game, the Tiger can compensate by taking advantage of a sub-par performance from a Boston pitcher or maybe a strong effort from No. 4 starter Doug Fister.

But right now, Scherzer and Verlander show no indications of weakness. They’re both going to give the Tigers an excellent chance to win when they’re on the mound.

Sanchez could be an extra bonus if he regains his form from the regular season. The rough outing he had against the A’s in the ALDS gives cause for alarm because the Tigers are going to need two strong starts from Sanchez against the Red Sox. But with Scherzer and Verlander, the Tigers are in excellent shape with MLB‘s best one-two punch.


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