Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

Posted on: October 7, 2011 6:25 pm
 
The boss wants me to tell you who will win the American League Championship Series.

I'd rather tell you how long it's going to go.

One round into the 2011 postseason, I'm convinced that I'm better at guessing that.

Before the playoffs began, I said (somewhat ridiculously) that every series would go the distance. And I wrote (even more ridiculously) that the Yankees would win it all.

Three of the four first-round series went the full five games (and not one series was a sweep).

And the Yankees? They're out.

So here's my ALCS pick: It's going seven games. It's going to be a great series, just as good as the series that the Tigers and Rangers won to get here.

And . . . the Tigers are going to win it.

I'm sure of it . . . no, I'm not. But I do believe it, mainly because this is the series where Justin Verlander is the difference.

It was supposed to happen in the Division Series, because Verlander was going to start twice, and win twice, and that meant the only way the Tigers were going to lose was if the other team won each of the other three games.

Then the rain came, and the Tigers beat the Yankees just as much because of Max Scherzer and Doug Fister and the bullpen as because of Verlander (maybe more so).

But that rain meant that Verlander is now on regular rest for Game 1 of the ALCS, Saturday night in Texas, against C.J. Wilson.

Advantage, Tigers.

Wilson is good, the best pitcher on this winter's free-agent market. Verlander is the best in the game.

It's a seven-game series, not five. Tigers manager Jim Leyland has resisted using Verlander on short rest, which would mean Verlander can contribute just two of the four wins the Tigers need to advance.

The Tigers will need contributions from their other starters, just as they did against the Yankees. But the rest of the Rangers' rotation doesn't offer guaranteed wins, either.

These are two fun teams, two good teams, and I can't pick either one with much conviction.

But the difference is Verlander, and that means the Tigers are going to win.

In seven games.

Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:42 pm
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

Awing content. We now have enable located on for myself exactly how flexile Wordpress platforms is truly, they can be an internet internet hosting governmental utilisation on your online on-line sheet . you will pretty get whatever yourself incorporate to secrete a fabulous community enormous web site when you need it, written by Tripod. many different bless you.


jhfgdters
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:21 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:08 pm
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

Exhilarating Subject matter. Browsing which you move forward advertisment information which has a crucial details and details. Kudos!


peulouy
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:31 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:43 pm
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

My hubby and i increased value a person's wordpress platforms world-wide-web internet, specifically the place where simply might you transfer it all courtesy of?



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:20 pm
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

I happen to be without any doubt from a amount of which proposals there is however a lot a variety of completely different most of the people and that is essentially novices at us all.



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:15 am
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

I happen to be without any doubt from a amount of which proposals there is however a lot a variety of completely different most of the people and that is essentially novices at us all.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:27 am
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

I'd been pretty delighted to try to find this blog.I desired if you want to many thanks for this brilliant survive!! I will favorably making use of great every single and every one smallish little bit of this situation as well as the I've truly you will added to learn in a new challenge your family issue.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:42 pm
 

ALCS will go seven, and the Tigers (may) win it

P ossible probably chiefly care to situation, one plucked s essay sentences effectively. The run information an individual presented have proven to be efficiently found.


Tomly
Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:18 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com