American League Division Series Preview: Detroit Tigers vs Oakland Athletics

ALDS Preview: Tigers vs Athletics

10/4/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

The Tigers and Athletics are about as opposite as any teams in the playoffs right now. The Tigers have a star-powered nucleus led by 2012 (and probably 2013) MVP Miguel Cabrera, 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP Justin Justin Verlander, potential 2013 Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, 5-time All-Star Prince Fielder, and more.

The Athletics, on the other hand, are led by lesser known players like Josh Donaldson, Jed Lowrie, Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick, and Coco Crisp. Their pitching staff is anchored by 40-year-old Bartolo Colon, rookie Sonny Gray, and 24-year-olds Dan Straily and Jarrod Parker.

Still, the A's and Tigers managed to win 96 and 93 games, respectively, and will now match up in the ALDS for the right to advance to the ALCS. Here's the schedule for this series:

Sep 17, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) reacts to shortstop Jose Iglesias (not pictured) scoring in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsGame 1: Friday, October 4, 9:37 p.m. (Televised on TBS)
Tigers (Max Scherzer) at Athletics (Bartolo Colon)

Game 2: Saturday, October 5, 5:37 p.m. (TBS)
Tigers (Justin Verlander) at Athletics (Sonny Gray)

Game 3: Monday, October 7, time TBD (TBS)
Athletics (Jarrod Parker) at Tigers (Anibal Sanchez)

Game 4, if necessary: Tuesday, October 8, time TBD (TBS)
Athletics (Dan Straily) at Tigers (Doug Fister)

Game 5, if necessary: Thursday, October 10, time TBD (TBS)
Tigers (Scherzer) at Athletics (Colon)

As great as the Athletics' story is this year, I think the Tigers' star power will be too much for them to overcome in this series. The Tigers' pitching staff contains 3 pretty legit pitchers (Scherzer, Verlander, Sanchez) who are all capable of pitching at a Cy Young level at any given time. The Athletics, on the other hand, have extremely young and unproven pitchers. I'm guessing that their first chance on the big stage won't be successul. My prediction: Tigers in 4.

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