COMERICA PARK (CBS DETROIT) – This season the Detroit Tigers have enjoyed the luxury of an All-Star Game starter and likely Cy Young winner; a former MVP and Cy Young winner; an ERA champion; and a fourth starter with a 3.67 ERA.
Still, it generated a little buzz when skipper Jim Leyland, who has been in the game for half a century, called the group of Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Doug Fister the greatest playoff starting rotation he has ever managed.
“We had a very good rotation in Florida in ’97 when we were fortunate enough to win the World Series, but it wasn’t as good as this one,” Leyland said. “This is the best I’ve ever had. I’m not talking about other teams, other organizations, but for me, yes, it’s the best postseason starting rotation I’ve ever had.”