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Dominance in Detroit

Andrew Anastasio – Sports Writer

Expect big things coming out of Detroit this upcoming World Series, as the American League Central division champions defeated Oakland in the divisional round, and recently swept the incumbent New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

There’s no surprise as to why the Tigers have been so dominant this postseason. Their pitching has been stellar throughout the playoffs, just as it was throughout the regular season. Let’s take a look at their starting rotation.

                  2012 Regular Season Totals:

Justin Verlander: 17-8 – 3.64 ERA – 239 strikeouts.

Max Scherzer: 16-7 – 3.74 ERA – 231 strikeouts.

Doug Fister: 10-10 – 3.45 ERA – 137 strikeouts.

Anibal Sanchez: 9-13 – 3.86 ERA – 167 strikeouts.

 

Detroit’s production at the plate has also been a key factor to their postseason success thus far. It’s hard to believe that a potent lineup that features Triple Crown Winner winner, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Delmon Young, would have any issues facing a depleted and aged New York Yankees rotation.

The Tigers took the series against the Yankees in dominant fashion, winning four straight games. This marks the third postseason in a row they have defeated the Yankees, this time holding them to a .231 overall average. Just look at the numbers below.

              New York Yankees 2012 ALCS:

Russel Martin – .143.          Robinson Cano – .056

Alex Rodriguez – .111         Mark Teixeira – .200

Curtis Granderson – .000    Raul Ibanez – .231

Ichiro Suzuki – .353             Nick Swisher – .250

Derek Jeter – .200 (Injured in Game 1)

Abysmal numbers to say the least, especially for a team with the best record in baseball.

Next up for the Tigers will either be the St. Louis Cardinals or the San Francisco Giants.

The Tigers will have a better advantage if in fact the Cardinals can hold off the Giants and come away as the National League champions.

The Giants pitching rotation is just as strong if not better than Detroit’s. Behind Tim Linecum, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, and Ryan Vogelsong, the Giants pitching is the big reason why they have fought off elimination to force a game six on their home field.

Even if the Giants do in fact hold off the Cardinals, the Tigers possess an early advantage anyway with the amount of rest they will have from now until game one of the World Series.

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