And anyone who tracked the regular season knew the Tigers had better pitching than the Yankees. Consider that our projected rotation going into the season was C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Bartolo Colon, and Freddy Garcia. Burnett started well, but tailspinned for most of the year. Sabathia faltered late. Phil Hughes had a dead-arm issue most the year (Innings limits, hah). Everyone expected Colon and Garcia to tire, and they did.
Going into the playoffs, our rotation was basically Sabathia and standout rookie Ivan Nova against Detroit's proven Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, and Max Scherzer. One wrinkle, like Game 1's suspension due to rain, and the Tigers would have even more of an advantage.
No surprise at all. I am surprised the Red Sox collapsed and the Phillies lost to the Cards. It could be the Tigers' year, but I give the edge to the Texas Rangers.