Tigers vs. A's: Why the Tigers Are World Series Favorites

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Tigers vs. A's: Why the Tigers Are World Series Favorites
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With a 6-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, The Detroit Tigers advanced to their second consecutive American League Championship Series.

Behind a masterful complete game shutout from Justin Verlander, the Tigers dominated the A's in Game 5 of the AL Division Series, and move on to face the winner of the series between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles.

Because the A's forced Game 5 against the Tigers, Verlander was pressed into action, the Tigers will most likely have to turn to Doug Fister to start Game 1 of the ALCS.

But because Detroit overcame the magic of the A's, and because of the way they earned the series victory, the Tigers are the World Series favorites from here on out.

Here are the five reasons the Tigers are favorites to be crowned World Champions:

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