They won the battle, and now they will have to wait to start the war.
With an 8-1 victory on Thursday, the Detroit Tigers swept the New York Yankees, and will move on to the represent the American League in the World Series.
With outstanding pitching and timely, clutch hits, the Tigers used the formula to put away the Yankees on Thursday as they had the entire series.
Max Scherzer got the ball in Game 4 at Comerica Park and threw 5 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits, with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
Detroit got to Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia early, scoring a first inning run on a base hit by Delmon Young, which started the eventual onslaught.
The Tigers reached base safely in each of the first five innings and did the most damage in the fourth inning when Miguel Cabrera ended a long home run drought, belting a two-run shot into the left field bleachers.
Jhonny Peralta then followed it up three batters later, with a two-run blast of his own, which chased Sabathia out of the game.
The Tigers easily disposed of the highest payroll in baseball for the second year in a row and will play the winner of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants.
Several analysts suggested it might be beneficial for Detroit to lose a game in the ALCS, which would shave off a day of rest between series. But the Tigers wanted to get rid of the Yankees as quickly as possible, and will now have five days off before Game 1 of the World Series.