The American League is down to two teams, one of which will represent the league in the World Series.
Detroit Tigers @ Boston Red Sox
- Anibel Sanchez (14-8, 2.57 ERA) vs Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75 ERA)
I had the Red Sox advancing on, but I had them doing so in 5 games over the Tampa Bay Rays. But Boston needed one less game to continue their magical run from worst to first, taking their ALDS over their AL East foes 3-games-to-1. Boston clinched quickly, so they, like LA, were able to better set their starting rotation better.
So here they are, in the ALCS for the first time since 2007, also their last World Series win, a 4 game sweep over the Colorado Rockies.
As for their opponents, the Detroit Tigers, needed a full 5 games to take their ALDS match-up with the Oakland A’s. I had this series ending with the A’s in 5, but the Tigers pen held up better than I expected it would.
After a rough season, for him, Justin Verlander continued his postseason dominance over the Athletics, carrying a perfect game into the 7th inning. This time around, the 2012 Cy Young and MVP starter went 8-shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out 10. Verlander knocked Oakland out last season in the ALDS as well.
Miguel Cabrera with the big blow to help send his squad to their 3rd straight ALCS appearance, a 2-run shot in the 1st inning.
Like the Cardinals in the NL, they now have to wait until game 3 to see their ace in the series.
The Tigers and Red Sox played 7 times during the regular season, with Detroit taking the season series 4-3.
And that’s how I think this series will go. A hard-fought, close series. I just think the Tigers are coming together at the right time. I know the Red Sox have been on a high all season, and I won’t be surprised if they win this series in 7, or even less. I just think Verlander, Max Scherzer and Anabel Sanchez are better than the Sox top 3.
Game 1 takes place in Boston Saturday night, first pitch set for 8PM EST at Fenway Park.
TIGERS IN 7