Just eleven days ago the Tigers were coming off a home loss to the Kansas city Royals that ruined their chance to win the AL Central title. Their reward was a first round matchup with a Murderer's Row lineup that seemed like a mismatch on paper. They were heavy underdogs and even more so after losing the first game 8-4. Behind their starting pitching, timely hitting, and strong bullpen they haven't lost a game since. Winners of seven consecutive game including a sweep of the Oakland A's. Can anyone beat the Tigers now?
I say noboday can. They are playing like a team of destiny. Destiny alone doesn't win championship but I am going to predict the Tigers will win the World Series. Pitching wins championships and they have the best starting lineup that shut down the Yankees and A's. When it's time for a setup man, they have a guy who throws over 100mph. To finish it off they have a guy who looks like he should be dressed in camaflouge hunting deer. Instead he hasn't blown a save this postseason. Even down 3-0 today they fought their way back to tie the game before Magglio Ordonez finished off the game in dramatic fashion with a 3-run walk off homer.
Thanks to Michael Young in the All Star game the AL has home field advantage throughout the World Series. The Tigers have yet to lose at home in the playoffs. The NL series look like it might go 6-7 games. That means tired pitching arms and little time for rest for the winner before the World Series starts.
Before the playoffs started, the Tigers were +1356 to win the World Series (bet $100 to win $1356). Back then it was just a good value bet. High payout with little chance of winning but possible. They had the best starting pitching and good pitching stops good hitting. Now they're four games away from being 2007 World Series champions. I say they do it.
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