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 pitchers duel, score late and then hold o...