Justin Verlander

MLB Championships: Verlander Leads Tiger Express Back To Texas

On a cool Thursday afternoon in the heart of downtown Detroit, the Verlander express showed why the Tigers still have a chance to go to the World Series.

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander did not have his best command, but his heart led the way as he muzzled the bats of the erstwhile big game hunters, the Texas Rangers. Yes, Nelson Cruz hit another homer, but Texas had loaded its guns too late. And, C. J. Wilson pitched OK but the Tigers were not to be denied. With the victory, the ALCS goes back to Texas to the Ballpark in Arlington with the Rangers still up 3 games to 2. Next game will be Saturday evening, October 15th, 2011.

Finally, Milwaukee achieved last night what they had previously been unable to do–win a play-off game on the road. The Brew Crew beat the Redbirds 4-2 in Busch to even the series at 2 games apiece. This is particularly significant, as only 8 teams in Major League history have ever overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven series.

Ryan Braun continued his torrid post-season hitting streak, but the real star was Randy Wolf. The veteran left-hander had very good command and kept the potent Cardinal attack at bay. Kyle Lohse did well for the Cards–for a while–then suddenly lost his command for just long enough to lose the game.

On Friday, October 14th, the Brewers’ talented Zack Greinke, a former Cy Young Award winner, takes the mound against the home Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia. Garcia, a lefty, did not fare well against the Brewers in Milwaukee to start this series. However, he has an excellent record against them in St. Louis. Give a slight edge to St. Louis today.

Watch tomorrow for a preview of Saturday’s ALCS game 6 as MLB championship baseball continues!

  • Yankfan52

    Amidst all the hitting and a few webgems, I’m still worried that our remaining contenders are not exactly made of gold gloves.  Wouldn’t it be ironic if the World Series ends up being decided on an error?

    • http://fromdeeprightfield.com/ Paul Gillespie

      This year, you could be right, though the Rangers are a decidedly better defensive team than the NL contenders.