After finishing with baseball's first Triple Crown since 1967, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is one of the favorites to win his first MVP.
Three-time league MVP Alex Rodriguez may not even be in the New York Yankees lineup anymore as the AL championship series begins.
Both clubs face short turnarounds for Saturday night's series opener at Yankee Stadium, with Cabrera and Rodriguez in the spotlight for far different reasons.
These teams advanced from grueling five-game division series thanks to two wins apiece from their respective aces, CC Sabathia of New York and reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander for Detroit.
Each pitcher went the distance to capture Game 5, with Verlander coming through in a 6-0 win at Oakland on Thursday and Sabathia in a 3-1 home victory Friday over Baltimore.
That rules out the aces for this weekend's two games in the Bronx, and the focus instead figures to be on the hitters - and Cabrera in particular.