Breaking Down the Detroit Tigers' Keys to an ALCS Victory

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Breaking Down the Detroit Tigers' Keys to an ALCS Victory
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Can Miguel Cabrera lead his team to victory?

After capturing Game 1 of the ALCS, the Detroit Tigers have surprisingly stumbled with their aces on the mound, finding themselves in a 2-1 series hole.

With their three starters—Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander—combining to toss 21 innings in three starts and giving up just two runs and six hits in the process, all while striking out 35 batters, it’s abundantly clear where the problem lies: offense.

For the Tigers, however, the time to fret isn’t now. Between two teams as evenly matched as these, someone had to go up 2-1, and it really could have gone either way. For those predicting doom and gloom on the Tigers, take a deep breath and repeat after me: It’s a seven-game series, and it’s far from over.

Got it? Good. Let’s take a look at the reasons why all is not lost for Detroit and preview the keys for emerging from this series victorious.

 

All stats courtesy of ESPN.com.

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