Tigers vs. Rangers: 10 Bold Predictions for the Rest of the 2011 ALCS Series
The Rangers offense looks locked in.
Detroit's starting pitching is stumbling.
Are the Rangers poised to return to the World Series? Are the Tigers done?
Here are 10 bold predictions for the rest of the 2011 ALCS.
1. The Tigers Aren't Done
The Tigers are down 2-0, but they are not done.
They lost a one-run game in Game 1 and took the Rangers to extra innings in a Game 2 that was close the whole way.
2. The Rangers Offense Will Cool off at Comerica
Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre have been powering the Texas offense with homers; however, neither of them will hit any dingers over the next three games in Detroit.
The Rangers' bats will cool on the road in Detroit. At Comerica Park rallies are fueled by gap shots, not long balls.
3. The Tigers Will Win Game 3
Doug Fister delivered in the clutch for Detroit in Game 5 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.
He'll save the day again in Game 3, in which he'll out-duel the Rangers' Colby Lewis.
4. V-Mart's Bat Will Wake Up
Detroit's Victor Martinez only collected four hits in the ALDS and he hasn't done anything offensively in the first two games of the ALCS.
That will change. V-Mart will deliver some clutch RBIs in Detroit that help get the Tigers back in the series.
5. The Rangers Will Win Game 4
The Rangers aren't going to play nice in Detroit, however.
They'll torch Rick Porcello in Game 4, and not behind home runs, but rather patient at-bats and a flurry of pesky grounders through the infield.
6. Justin Verlander Will Deliver in Game 5
With the Tigers' season on the line in Game 5, Justin Verlander will dig in with a performance for the ages.
A complete game shutout? Yes.
7. The Rangers Bullpen Will Keep It Going
Take a look at the stat sheet. The story's all right there.
The Rangers bullpen has been killing it so far in the postseason.
Alexi Ogando, Mike Adams, Mike Gonzalez and Neftali Feliz give the Rangers a wealth of depth and reliability in the late innings.
8. The Dutch Oven Will Sizzle in Game 6
Derek Holland labored through 2.2 innings in Game 2.
The Dutch Oven will bring his A-game in Game 6, however, giving his team a big leg up toward putting away a game Detroit team.
9. The Rangers Will Win Game 6
While Derek Holland will get them off on the right foot in Game 6, this game, like these first two games in Arlington, will come down to a battle of the bullpens.
Expect a Jose Valverde-esque celebration from Rangers' closer Neftali Feliz after he delivers a big-time save in Game 6.
10. The Rangers Win the ALCS in Six
Heading back to Texas for Game 6 up 3-2, the Rangers will only need one game to seal the deal.
They'll return to the World Series and look to make up for falling just shy of a championship last season.
Detroit just doesn't have the offensive pop or depth in the bullpen to keep up with the balanced and loaded Rangers.