When facing the Detroit Tigers, hitters get the joy of facing an All-Star Game starter and likely Cy Young winner; a former MVP and Cy Young winner; and an ERA champion.
The St. Louis Cardinals win back-to-back home games started by Los Angeles aces Zack Grienke and Clayton Kershaw, while Boston gets no-hit for eight-plus innings in losing to the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park.
Powerful as it is, the Detroit Tigers offense sometimes hits the skids. It might blow the doors off an opposing defense, or it might suffer through a prolonged scoreless streak.
If Max Scherzer had not locked up every vote for the American League Cy Young already, he probably converted any remaining doubters with his gutsy performance as a reliever Tuesday.
With flashy plays and overall solid defense, Jose Iglesias quickly made Detroit Tigers fans forget all about suspended shortstop Jhonny Peralta, at least in the field.
Miguel Cabrera has lifted the Detroit Tigers all season long, and going into the playoffs, the Tigers look focused on lifting Cabrera as he plays through injury.
The 22-year-old right-hander dominated three levels of the minors last year, earning Detroit’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.
The World Series match-up between the Giants and Tigers features two managers, Bruce Bochy and Jim Leyland, with a lot of post-season experience.
If the A’s win their last game of the season against the Texas Rangers at the Coliseum Wednesday afternoon, they’ll be the champions of the AL West.