The 2013 American League playoffs will be exhilarating to watch. With the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox all likely going head-to-head, any of these projected division winners could emerge as the World Series favorite.
But given the Tigers' particularly outstanding rotation and lineup, there’s a good chance the team will triumph over their fellow powerhouses.
Assuming the incumbent Tigers again become the team to beat, this is how Detroit will edge out each predicted American League playoff team.
Note: The article assumes the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays will represent the American League in the playoffs.
All statistics (through September 4) sourced from Baseball-Reference.com.