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ALCS Game 2: Will Detroit Tigers or Texas Rangers Benefit More from Rainout?

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers looks on against the Texas Rangers in Game One of the American League Championship Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 8, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Rob ManiseroCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

Rain has definitely been the theme of the Detroit Tigers in this postseason, and the ALCS has been no different. Even traveling to Texas didn't help, where the threat of rain is minuscule compared to most other destinations in the country. 

However, one would have to believe that this rainout benefits the Detroit Tigers.

Right now, the Tigers are reeling. They had to leave Delmon Young off the ALCS roster due to an injury suffered during Game 5 of the ALDS. Also, Magglio Ordonez is now out for the rest of the postseason thanks to a broken ankle. By giving the Tigers an extra day to play, it gives them time to regroup.

If the game were played today, I have no doubt that the Rangers would go up 2-0. The Tigers are in scramble mode because of these losses, and Texas could have capitalized on a much weaker lineup. Of course, the Tigers can't replace those big bats, but they can better formulate a game plan to try and pick up a victory on the road.

Another reason this is a plus for the Tigers is due to their starting pitcher, Max Scherzer. If he pitched today, he would have been in the exact same situation Justin Verlander was in after Game 1 of the ALDS was washed out. Scherzer threw about 30 pitches on Thursday, and he would be getting the start on a weird amount of two days' rest.

Now, Scherzer can gain an extra day of rest, and depending on how his arm heals, it could have a profound effect on his game. 

Even more is the fact that the Rangers have been anxious to play. Before Saturday, they were sitting around since Tuesday waiting to play some playoff baseball. Now, when they finally get back into the swing of things, they have to sit around for another day.

The Rangers have the advantage with the losses of Delmon Young and Magglio Ordonez. But this rainout gives the Tigers a chance to step back, regroup and mount a much more effective attack on their opponents.

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