Not much else needs to be said. Justin Verlander put this team on his back and carried them into the ALCS. He threw a shut out for the Tigers and had 11 strike outs to make sure that the first run the Tigers got would do the job. But, the Tigers offense gave him 2 runs in the 3rd inning and 4 more in the 7th inning and that was more than enough for Verlander tonight.
Justin Verlander proved why he is the best pitcher in baseball. The Oakland A’s couldn’t do anything against him and that is why the Tigers are not a team anyone wants to face in the playoffs, every team should assume two losses. Facing Verlander should result in two losses during a playoff series as it did for the A’s.
The Tigers do not know who they are going to play in the next round, they are either going to fly to New York to play the Yankees or host the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. One thing that can be assumed would be the Tigers pitching rotation and that would most likely look like this:
Game 1: Doug Fister
Game 2: Anibal Sanchez
Game 3: Justin Verlander
Game 4: Max Scherzer
Game 5: Doug Fister
Game 6: Anibal Sanchez/Justin Verlander
Game 7: Anibal Sanchez/Justin Verlander
So, with the implosion of game 4 captained by Jose Valverde, it did somewhat mess up the ALCS rotation, however most people would rather have a messed up ALCS rotation than no ALCS rotation at all.
The Tigers did score 6 runs, 4 coming in one inning and included a few botched plays by the A’s but teams have to start somewhere and lets mark that down as the rallying point of the Tigers post season offense.
With Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the Tigers are not a team anyone will be happy about facing (offensively) and those MVP candidates should prove why in the ALCS.