The Detroit Tigers are heading to their first World Series since 2006 because staff ace Justin Verlander has good assistance in the rotation, explains Carroll Rogers.
Detroit Tigers lead the arms race with Jusin Verlander and co
Justin Verlander is as important a pitcher as there is in Major League Baseball. There is a reason that last year he became the first pitcher to win a Most Valuable Player award since 1992.
But the Detroit Tigers are heading to their first World Series since 2006 because he has good assistance in the rotation.
The post-season has proved this.
Tigers starters are 5-1 with a 1.02 ERA in nine games over the first two rounds of the play-offs.
Verlander has been his usual self, going 3-0 with a 0.66 ERA including a complete-game shutout to clinch Game 5 of the division series against Oakland.
But Tigers starters have gone 2-1 with a 1.19 ERA in the other six games, almost equally as dominating.
Verlander won twice in the division series, yes, but he could only pitch once in the American League Championship Series in a four-game sweep over the New York Yankees.
In the meantime, the Tigers got 13 and a third scoreless innings from Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez to take the first two games at New York.
After Verlander won Game 3 and Max Scherzer dominated the Yankees in the decisive Game 4 on Thursday at Detroit, not giving up a hit until the lead-off batter of the sixth inning and only two hits total in five-and-a-third innings.
The sweep allows the Tigers to line up their rotation so Verlander can start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday. But the Tigers have to feel good about the arms to follow.
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