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Game 5 will see Justin Verlander face off against C.J. Wilson in what could be the deciding game of the series.
A game that could end Detroit's season.
For that reason, Verlander will have to be nothing short of Cy Young himself to extend the series.
The Rangers have shown that they can win by scoring only three or four runs a game. Their bullpen has been nothing short of amazing (except for Koji Uehara), enabling them to clamp down on their opponents.
Verlander is the best pitcher in baseball and will have to remind all of us why in Game 5, or we won't see him until his near-sure Cy Young Award and possible AL MVP presentations after the postseason.
In the rain delay-filled Game 1, Texas was able to make Verlander throw a lot of pitches (even though the umpire's strike zone was ridiculous). If they can do that again, it will be tough for him to stay in the game past the sixth inning.
That means the Tigers would have to go to a bullpen that doesn't have Benoit or Valverde available. I don't like those odds if I'm Detroit.
Also keep in mind that Verlander has yet to take down Texas this year; this will be the most pressure he's faced yet this season, maybe in his career. It will be interesting to see how he responds.