The Detroit Tigers made quick work out of the New York Yankees by sweeping them in the 2012 American League Championship Series to clinch their 11th pennant in franchise history and first in six years.
Not only will the Tigers represent the American League in the World Series, but they will have plenty of rest (five days in fact) before game one starts on Wednesday, October 24th.
Their opponent is still to be determined, but the Cardinals own a 3-1 commanding lead over the Giants, so at this point it is shaping up to be a Detroit/St. Louis World Series.
The Tigers beat the Yankees with great hitting and stellar pitching – outhitting them 46-22 in the series, while the rotation toed the rubber for a combined 1.02 ERA. As they say, good pitching beats good hitting, and that theory could not be more defined anywhere else as it was in this series.
If the Tigers starters come anywhere near the performance they have given thus far in the postseason, it will not matter if the face the Cardinals or Giants – either way they will dominate once again and win the World Series.
The Oddsmakers have also taken notice of the Tigers this postseason, as they are now listed as a 2/3 odds to win the Fall Classic.
Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera may have said it best: “Yeah, we did it,” – It’s an unbelievable feeling…Four more wins, guys. Four more wins.”
With the way the Tigers are pitching, in a seven-game series, one would have to think beating the Cardinals or Giants four times is a lock. But then again stranger things have happened…
NOTES: Game 1 of the World Series will take place on October 24th from either St. Louis or San Francisco.
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