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The Tigers' starting pitching was outstanding in the ALDS.
In five games, Detroit's starters combined to throw 34 2/3 innings, giving up just five earned runs, with 41 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Verlander threw 16 innings in two games, allowing just one earned run, while striking out an ALDS record 22 batters.
Because Verlander was forced to throw in the ALDS Game 5, he won't be available for Game 1 versus either the Yankees or the Orioles in the ALCS, but his supporting cast proved they can hold the rope.
Fister, who threw seven innings—giving up two earned runs on six hits, eight strikeouts and two walks in Game 2 of the ALDS—will almost assuredly be the Game 1 starter in the ALCS. Fister has been hot the last month, boasting a 2.34 ERA in September, and has given up three earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts.
Max Scherzer dealt with a couple different injuries down the stretch, but quieted critics with his performance in Game 4. Despite the Tigers loss, Scherzer threw 5 1/3 innings, giving up zero earned runs on three hits, eight strikeouts and just one walk.
The Tigers newest starter, Anibal Sanchez, performed above expectations, as well, in the ALDS.
Sanchez, in his first career postseason appearance, threw 6 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, and pitched well enough for the Tigers to win.