Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics: 5 Biggest Matchups in Game 1 of ALDS

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Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics: 5 Biggest Matchups in Game 1 of ALDS
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Game 1 of the ALDS kicks off Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET and there are interesting storylines surrounding both the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics heading into the playoffs. 

The Tigers have the first Triple Crown winner in over 45 years in Miguel Cabrera, while the Athletics overcame an unbelievable deficit to overtake the Texas Rangers for the AL West title. 

However, it always comes down to the players. The guys who hit, pitch, catch and throw are the people who make the difference, not the storylines. 

Here are the projected lineups for each team:

 

Tigers

1. Austin Jackson

2. Quintin Berry

3. Miguel Cabrera

4. Prince Fielder

5. Delmon Young

6. Andy Dirks

7. Jhonny Peralta

8. Alex Avila

9. Omar Infante

P - Justin Verlander

 

Athletics

1. Coco Crisp

2. Stephen Drew

3. Yoenis Cespedes

4. Brandon Moss

5. Josh Reddick

6. Josh Donaldson

7. Seth Smith

8. Derek Norris

9. Cliff Pennington

P - Jarrod Parker

Here's a look at the biggest matchups heading into Game 1 of the Tigers-Athletics division series. 

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