ALCS 2013: Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Position by Position Breakdown

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ALCS 2013: Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Position by Position Breakdown
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It only seems fitting that the battle for the American League pennant will come down to the best starting rotation against the best offense when the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox lock horns for what is sure to be a clash of epic proportions. 

Of course, while the Tigers are strong on the mound and the Red Sox can score with anyone, there is a lot more to these teams than that. You can't get to this point in the season being one-dimensional. 

The Tigers are hoping to make it to their second consecutive World Series and third in seven years. This is their third straight appearance in the American League Championship Series, the first team to do that since the New York Yankees from 1999-2001. 

The Red Sox have come back from the depths of despair in 2012 to post the best record in the AL this season (97-65) and made fairly quick work of the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS. 

But which team has the edge in this series? Will the Tigers be hurt by needing five games to defeat Oakland? Will the Red Sox be able to conquer this dominant Detroit staff?

Here is our position-by-position breakdown of the 2013 ALCS, including a series prediction. 

 

Note: Rosters used are same as ALDS; will be updated before series, if necessary. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and Fangraphs unless otherwise noted. 

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