Detroit vs. Oakland: ALDS 2013 Position-by-Position Breakdown

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Detroit vs. Oakland: ALDS 2013 Position-by-Position Breakdown
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When the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics get together at 9:37 p.m. ET on Friday Night at O.co Coliseum to open the second American League Division Series of the 2013 MLB playoffs, the home team will be looking to exact some revenge on its more ballyhooed visitors.

It was only a year ago that Detroit ended Oakland's surprising, remarkable run to the playoffs, dispatching the AL West champions in five games behind a pair of sterling performances from Justin Verlander, who held the A's to one earned run over 16 innings of work and walked five while fanning 22.

Can Oakland advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 2006? Or will the Tigers once again reign supreme?

Let's go around the horn and try to figure that out, breaking down each team position by position, looking at regular-season and head-to-head stats, as well as past playoff performances and who's hot—and who's not—heading into this best-of-five scenario.

 

*Defensive statistics courtesy of FanGraphs; All other statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

*Reserves are only mentioned if likely to make more than a cameo appearance in the series.

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