The Detroit Tigers shocked the world.
Well, not really. Fans of the Tigers and knowledgeable baseball fans know that the team was every bit as good as the New York Yankees.
In fact, it became evident the last several weeks of the season that three teams were head and shoulders above the rest of the American League.
The Tigers, Yankees and Texas Rangers, whom will face the Tigers in the ALCS.
On paper it appears to be an even matchup, but it's going to swing in the Tigers favor due to seven factors.
The Tigers will rely on these intangibles to return to the World Series.