Welcome to the ALCS…beware the Tigers starting pitching
The American League Championship Series will be won by starting pitching. The team with the best starting pitching will win the series.
Scoring first will be huge and the Rangers can’t give away any runs.
Justin Verlander is the American League’s Most Valuable Player.
He also has the lowest career ERA against the Rangers of any Major League pitcher with a minimum of five starts. He is at 2.31. Doug Fister is 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA vs. the Rangers. But he has also pitched a couple of terrific games against them last year. Max Scherzer is 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA agaunst the Rangers.
The Rangers would not have had a losing record against the Tigers this year if their bullpen had been this good all season. But the Rangers bullpen is far from infallible, even since July 31.
Did you realize the Rays outscored the Rangers by five runs in the ALDS. The Yankees outscored the Tigers by 11 runs. Biggest run margin by a losing team was 28. That’s how many more runs the Yankees scored than the Pirates in the 1960 World Series.
The Rangers are 23-34 at Comerica Park since that venue opened in 2000. That’s the worst record by any AL opponent there. The reason? Comerica is a pitcher’s park and the Rangers, for many years, did not have the pitching to compete there.
The Rangers are the first non-East team (meaning Red Sox or Yankees) to go to two straight ALCS since the Mariners in 2000-01.
No Yankees? No Red Sox? First time since 2006 for an ALCS when it was Tigers-Athletics.