On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Rangers series during the 2011 season. For the ALCS, we'll do things a bit differently to increase the focus on each set of games.
The Opponent: The Tigers earned a trip to Arlington for the first two games of the ALCS by outlasting the Yankees 3-2 in Thursday night's Game Five. It is their first trip to the ALCS since they went to the World Series in 2006 and caps a season that didn't start particularly well, but picked up once Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera began asserting themselves on the American League.
Past 2011 Meetings: If you're looking for bad omens for the Rangers, look no further than this section. The Tigers won six of nine games between the teams this season and an April trip to Comerica Park cost the Rangers Josh Hamilton for a long stretch after an ill-fated slide into home plate.
Pitching Matchups: Saturday - Ju...