Re: Tigers v. Red Sox 2013 ALCS
posted at 10/11/2013 7:44 PM EDT
In response to RedSoxFireman's comment:
1. Home field advantage (Ask the Indians, A's and Braves and Rangers about homefield "advantage")
So let me understand this: you would rather have four games in Detroit than four in Boston because home field is not an advantage, right? Yes, it DOES matter. Thats why teams win more games, in general, at home than on the road. You are being disingenuous if you state otherwise.
2. The Red Sox were able to set their SP rotation whereas the Tigers were not (Tigers have 3 top tier starters, while the Red Sox have, at the most, 2. The Tigers rotation is fine, with Game 2 being more important than Game 1. Sherzer for Game 2, Verlander for Game 3, Fister for Game 4, all fully rested. with Sherzer and Verlander fully rested for Game 6 and Game 7 in a series that will probably go at least 6 or 7 games. Heaven help the Red Sox if they blow Game 1.
Game one will be key. Lester is going to have to win his game against Sanchez, and I think he will do just that. I agree that Scherzer and Verlander have an advantage over our top two SP, but after that WE have the advantage. We are also better in the bullpen.
3. Miggy is hurting (We'll see, but seems to have adjusted to playing with the injury and is more like a wounded bear, with the tipping point homer, last night.)
"Adjusted to playing with the injury"? He is hurt; players who are hurt perform less well overall than players who are healthy. His injury will reduce the chance he will perform well, reduce the likely overall play of the Tigers, and increase the chances that we can beat them.
4. Softy thinks the Tigers are better (I'm not softy, but the Tigers were better in the regular season. If Miggy hits like last night, the Tigers will take this series.)
We know who you are and as long as your politics are left out of this forum, I have no problems with the way you post here. As for the Tigers being better during the regular season, that is false since we won more games and had a larger run differential. Their pitching finished with a lower ERA; we finished ahead in runs scored. There are reasons we have been favored by the oddsmakers to win the series. It will not be easy, and we COULD lose the series. But right now, if I were a betting man, my money would be on the Sox.