I believe it was the late, great Jackie Robinson who first noted the similarities between baseball and a game of poker.
With cards held tightly to the chest, everyone works to build the best hand possible in an effort to make it to the final round. Good poker players know you must control your emotions and be willing to take risks to reap big rewards. But to be a truly great poker player, you've just got to have a whole lot of gamble in you.
And with one hand last, the Tigers made it crystal clear -- it is World Series-or-bust time, and you can bet it will be done on the arms of their starting pitchers.
Detroit executed an eleventh-hour, blockbuster deal on the brink of last Thursday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, dealing away pitcher Drew Smyly and center fielder Austin Jackson in exchange for left-handed hurler David Price from the Rays. The former Tampa Bay pitching ace and 2012 Cy Young Award winner joins an already formidable rotation that includes Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.