Originally written on Fox Sports  |  By By Ken Rosenthal  |  Last updated 10/11/13
It's easy to envision the Detroit Tigers winning the American League Championship Series. Heck, if right-handers Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander pitch to their abilities, the series might not even be close. Much has been made of the Boston Red Sox's transformation in character, and the Sox are indeed a tough-minded group. But the Tigers possess similar intangibles. And their offense is potentially even more explosive. So, why am I picking the Red Sox? It's simple: They hold home-field advantage at Fenway Park, where they had the best home record in the American League. And they can beat opponents in more ways. Consider: * Offense. The Red Sox scored more runs than the Tigers during the regular season, hit more homers, drew more walks. They also succeeded in 86.6 percent of their stolen-base attempts, the second-best rate in the live-ball era, which began in 1920. The Tigers threw out just 18.5 percent of runners attempting to steal, the second-worst rate in th...
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