DETROIT How good has the starting rotation of the Detroit Tigers been this postseason?
Well, you have to go back 38 years to find a group that was as good at hanging zeroes on the scoreboard, one after another.
Justin Verlander pitched eight shutout innings Tuesday night against the New York Yankees to stretch the starters consecutive scoreless innings streak to 30 13. Then No. 9 hitter Eduardo Nunez laced a leadoff homer in the ninth to end the magic in the 2-1 Tigers victory that put them up 3-0 in the ALCS.
Verlander started it with a complete game shutout in Game 5 of the ALDS in Oakland against the As. Then Doug Fister went 6 13 scoreless innings in winning Game 1 against the Yankees before Anibal Sanchez blanked them for seven innings in his Game 2 victory.
There had not been a streak like it since Hall of Famer Jim Catfish Hunter hooked up with Vida Blue, an MVP and Cy Young Award winner, and two-time All-Star Ken Holtzman in 1974 to shut out the Baltimore Orioles in the...