Paul Wezner, Executive Editor
The Tigers starting pitching has been strong all season long, and I expect that to continue into the ALCS. However, if the series only goes six games, the Tigers will only pitch Max Scherzer once and Justin Verlander once, essentially relegating their top two starters to second class status in this bout. Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez can give the Tigers good starts, but it will also require the Tigers' offense to show up and produce, moreso than they did against Oakland, and my confidence level of them being able to come through like that isn't high. If Fister and Sanchez can step up and find a way to steal a couple of wins in their four starts, I will like the Tigers chances, but I have a tough time seeing the Tigers steal one in New York with those two on the mound. I see the Tigers dropping the first two on the road, coming home and taking two of three, but falling in game six back in Yankee Stadium to lose the series in six games.
Mark Anderson, Managing Editor
By blowing game four of the ALDS, the Tigers lose the advantage of throwing Verlander in game one of the ALCS. That's a significant blow for a team that is going to be carried by their pitching. Doug Fister is a solid second option, but if he elevates in New York the Tigers are in trouble. Given the ability of both teams to hit and pitch in spurts, I expect this series to be a lengthy one with the Yankees winning in six, avoiding a second start by the best pitcher in the game, Justin Verlander.
Chris Vannini, Senior Staff Writer
Gotta go with the Tigers because of the starting pitching. Couple that with New York's offensive struggles against Baltimore pitching, and it's hard to pick against the Tigers on paper. Justin Verlander seems to have finally found his touch in the playoffs, and Doug Fister and Max Scherzer have looked good. Sure, the Tigers bullpen is a mess, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them blow a game in this series, but the Tigers aren't scared of the Yankee Stadium mystique after last year. The Tigers had some solid performances from the top and bottom of the lineup against Oakland, but will need the big boys to step up. I see the Tigers becoming the first team to win three straight playoff series against the Yankees.
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