Detroit Tigers: Would They Have Beaten St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series?

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Detroit Tigers: Would They Have Beaten St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series?
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Two days ago, the St. Louis Cardinals became arguably the worst team to win a World Series championship.

After sneaking into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, an average team got hot at the perfect time to complete an improbable run.

A team that was 10 games out of the National League Wild Card spot back on September 27 stormed back from nowhere to clinch the wild card on the final day of the season. Albert Pujols and the Cardinals then eliminated the heavily favored Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series and the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series before defeating the Texas Rangers.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers also enjoyed a successful season. The Tigers won the American League Central, their first time ever winning the division. Entering the postseason, like the Cardinals, the Tigers defeated a heavily favored New York Yankees club. But 2011 just wasn't meant to be: the Tigers were eliminated in the ALCS by the Rangers.

Let's think about this for a minute.

Had the Tigers defeated the Texas Rangers and gone to the World Series, would they have defeated the St. Louis Cardinals? The answer is tough to say, but it's an interesting take. The Tigers and Cardinals match up very closely and would have surely provided an entertaining series.

Who would have won? Let's find out.

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