Why Pitching Will Take the Detroit Tigers to the World Series

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Why Pitching Will Take the Detroit Tigers to the World Series
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Good pitching beats good hitting.

Always.

It's the universal saying in baseball and it's a phrase the Detroit Tigers hope to ride all the way to the World Series.

Ignoring the Tigers' meltdown on Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics when they gave up 14 runs, Detroit's pitching has been one of the best in baseball.

Going into Wednesday, the Tigers had the best team ERA and the lowest batting average against in the American League with a 3.54 mark and a .246 clip, respectively.

With 64 victories collectively, Detroit's starters have the most wins in the major leagues.

The Tigers' pitchers have the most strikeouts in the league with 780 and have the third-best WHIP in baseball, boasting a 1.21 mark.

Although the Tigers have the best MLB offensive average (.284), on-base percentage (.348), slugging percentage (.440) and are second in runs scored (675 or 5.075 per game), it's the guys on the hill that will prove to be the reason Detroit is representing the AL in the World Series.

Here is a look at the Tigers' pitching performances this season.

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