ALCS Game 3 Preview- Tigers Seek Win on Their Home Field

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IOctober 11, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers watches his walk off grand slam home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to win Game Two of the American League Championship Series 7-3 against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After two games of the ALCS, the Detroit Tigers seem to find themselves in a two game hole. Last night, Nelson Cruz capped the Texas Rangers Game 2 victory in grand fashion with a walk-off grand slam in extra innings.

The pitching matchup for Game 3 will be Doug Fister throwing for the Tigers against Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers.

I'd give the pitching edge to Detroit. Fister had a great regular season with the Tigers, and he's the guy the Tigers want on the mound since Verlander pitched just a few days ago.

Lewis is a pretty good pitcher, who finished the season with a 14-10 record and a 4.40 ERA. However, in his one game of work in the ALDS, Lewis pitched six innings of one hit, one run ball. He'll work to take that momentum with him into this game.

The Tigers have home-field advantage, so they'll have the Comerica Park crowd behind them. That may not mean too much in the playoffs though, as the Texas Rangers are sure to be fired up.

Last night's hero, Cruz, commented on how tough it potentially could be to finish the series with Detroit. According to mlb.com, Cruz said, "Definitely, we'll try to finish [the series in Detroit]. I know it's not going to be easy, because they have a great team, but we've got to keep playing like the way we're playing and I think we're going to be fine."

As far as offense goes, I have to give the edge to the Rangers. They're loaded with guys like Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, and Adrian Beltre.

Ryan Raburn, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez are the Tigers' main offensive guys.

And the Rangers are known to have one of the best offenses in the league, so it will be a challenge for Fister to shut them down.

If I had to make a prediction, I'd say the Texas Rangers win by a run or two.