Found October 14, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
As most of the baseball world speculates why the New York Yankees are failing on a stage where they're accustomed to succeeding, perhaps it's time for the experts take a look at what the Detroit Tigers are doing right. The Tigers lead the American League Championship Series two games to none after Sunday's 3-0 Game 2 victory because their starting pitching has been better. It was true in the Tigers' AL Division Series victory over the Oakland A's, and it remains true now. The numbers don't lie. In seven posteseason games, Tigers starters Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer have a combined 0.94 ERA. They have allowed just five earned runs in 48 innings, and haven't given up an earned run in the last 28 23 innings dating back to Game 3 of the ALDS in Oakland. Still, it hasn't been an easy playoffs for the Tigers because their offense hasn't been lighting up opposing pitchers. The usual M.O. has been to watch the pitch...
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  • It is typical media coverage when any sporting event involves one of New York's finest. Of course if the Yankees are getting their hind ends handed to them it must be because they are "upset" or some other illogical reason. It couldn't be that the Detroit Tigers have the absolute Best Starting Rotation in Major League Baseball. It also couldn't be because they have the Best Starting Pitcher in baseball, Justin Verlander and reigning MVP and Cy Young award winner. Possibly it is because the Tigers have Miguel Cabrera the First Triple Crown Winner in the last FORTY FIVE years, and the best hitter in baseball. Or that they have Prince Fielder hitting behind Cabrera in the Cleanup spot, who also had 30 home runs and over 100 RBIs. No it must be because the Yankees don't feel inspired??? On a side Note, the Tigers have to dump Benoit and ValVerde. Their poor performances ruin great games thrown by their starters, ruin the game for the fans, and cause discord on the team! Yeah, and it is time for Leyland to Retire!
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