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ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

Posted on: October 7, 2011 6:25 pm
 
The boss wants me to tell you who will win the American League Championship Series.

I'd rather tell you how long it's going to go.

One round into the 2011 postseason, I'm convinced that I'm better at guessing that.

Before the playoffs began, I said (somewhat ridiculously) that every series would go the distance. And I wrote (even more ridiculously) that the Yankees would win it all.

Three of the four first-round series went the full five games (and not one series was a sweep).

And the Yankees? They're out.

So here's my ALCS pick: It's going seven games. It's going to be a great series, just as good as the series that the Tigers and Rangers won to get here.

And . . . the Tigers are going to win it.

I'm sure of it . . . no, I'm not. But I do believe it, mainly because this is the series where Justin Verlander is the difference.

It was supposed to happen in the Division Series, because Verlander was going to start twice, and win twice, and that meant the only way the Tigers were going to lose was if the other team won each of the other three games.

Then the rain came, and the Tigers beat the Yankees just as much because of Max Scherzer and Doug Fister and the bullpen as because of Verlander (maybe more so).

But that rain meant that Verlander is now on regular rest for Game 1 of the ALCS, Saturday night in Texas, against C.J. Wilson.

Advantage, Tigers.

Wilson is good, the best pitcher on this winter's free-agent market. Verlander is the best in the game.

It's a seven-game series, not five. Tigers manager Jim Leyland has resisted using Verlander on short rest, which would mean Verlander can contribute just two of the four wins the Tigers need to advance.

The Tigers will need contributions from their other starters, just as they did against the Yankees. But the rest of the Rangers' rotation doesn't offer guaranteed wins, either.

These are two fun teams, two good teams, and I can't pick either one with much conviction.

But the difference is Verlander, and that means the Tigers are going to win.

In seven games.

Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:28 am
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

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Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:19 am
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

At least teh writer got one thing correct.. There were baseball games played.. He was so certain....It was clear when this was written that this premise was wrong...



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:28 pm
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

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Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:31 am
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

It's always fun to go back and look at the media's predictions...like last year, the Rangers get no respect!  Rain or no rain,  Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer....this isn't the Yankees.  No respect for the Rangers bullpen either....fine...keep disrespecting the AL team with the 2nd best record in the AL....fine with us.  We'll just sit back and enjoy the view.....



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:18 pm
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it


On 1 hand I want the Tigers to win b/c their ALC. On the other I want the Rangers to send em packing b/c thats what they did to us...

No clear fav for me so Ill just enjoy watching the games
 



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 10:59 am
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

Looks like this will not be a long series,,, the Rangers took the best the Tigers had and remained standing



Since: Sep 19, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:25 am
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

If Verlander is going to win two games he's going to have to pitch on short rest now, 3-2 rangers! Rangers in 5!


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Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:07 pm
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Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:06 pm
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

soknoble predicts that the teams will be playing .500 ball with the Tigers getting game 7 win... Bullpen will determne this series but he ignores that.. sounds like he got a good meal from the Tigers manager before writing thsi blog...



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:02 pm
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

Rangers Will Dominate.... EAT IT Knob Goblin!!!


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