The Detroit Tigers in the World Series look like the New York Yankees in the ALCS. But all that is about to change.
It should change, anyway. The Tigers are home, they're facing right-handed pitching and they no longer can use their five-day layoff as an excuse.
The simple way to look at this, as manager Jim Leyland said Friday, is that the Tigers are two games back with five to play, and playing the team they need to catch.
Sounds simple, and it is -- if the Tigers follow this four-step program:
1. Start hitting.
The supposedly mighty Tigers are averaging 3.55 runs per game in the postseason, nearly a full run below their regular-season average. Such a dropoff is not unusual in the playoffs, but the Tigers rely on their offense -- specifically, their power -- more than most clubs.
The good news is, the Tigers will gain two advantages now that the Series has moved to Detroit: The designated hitter will return in the American League park, and the Giants' next two s...