Max Scherzer pitched very well early and the Tigers bats came alive against CC Sabathia to carry them to the 2012 AL Championship and a ticket to the World Series.
The Tigers also have time off before the World Series to make sure that Jim Leyland can set his rotation how he wants. Justin Verlander will pitch game one and Doug Fister will pitch game two. Anibal Sanchez has pitched well enough to keep his 3rd spot in the rotation but so has Scherzer.
This is a good problem to have as now the Tigers get to sit back and watch and wait for their challenger from the National League to meet in either San Francisco or in St. Louis next Wednesday.
And not to be outdone, Phil Coke has pitched extremely well out of the bullpen for the Tigers, teaming up with Octavio Dotel to help keep things in order after the melt down by Jose Valverde.
The Tigers are now only 4 wins away from the World Series that they and the entire fan base so desperately wants.
And with the way the bats came out today and the pitching they have had from the starting staff, this team is in a very good position to do so.