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Tigers stick to basics in setting rotation for World Series

Oct 21, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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The Tigers have no reason to make any changes to their postseason starting rotation. So they won’t.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that Justin Verlander will start Game 1, Doug Fister will start Game 2, Anibal Sanchez will start Game 3 and Max Scherzer will start Game 4 no matter which team — Cardinals or Giants — his club winds up facing in the 2012 World Series.

Those four registered a 0.66 ERA last round against the Yankees, allowing just two runs on 14 hits over 27 1/3 combined innings. That’s the second-best mark in a best-of-seven, behind only the 1966 Orioles.

  1. frank433 - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    I would have put Sanchez in game 2. He did spend a lot of the year in the NL and would be the better pitcher to have to take a couple at bats.

    • Ben - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      The difference is so marginal it’s hardly worth noting. He’s a career .091/.146/.099 hitter. It’s not like he’s Carlos Zambrano or Stephen Strasburg, both of whom are actually pretty decent with the bat–Strasburg hit .277/.333/.426 this year for a 108 wRC+ and .7 WAR.

      • frank433 - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        Fister did have a left rib cage injury in April. That would make me a little cautious to put a bat in his hands.

      • skane2005 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Nerd alert.

  2. dastman - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    This makes sense, until the Tigers fall behind. Then, its Verlander in game 4; Sherzer in game 5; Fister in game 6; and Verlander in game 7.

    • frank433 - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Leyland won’t start Verlander on short rest.

      • professor30 - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        maybe not, but if it’s a game 7 you can bet your ass he’ll be the first one out of the pen.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        Seriously. Why would you bump back your second best pitcher to play your best pitcher again on short rest — after playing “lesser” guys?

  3. vincentbojackson - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Wonder why he wouldn’t go with Verlander and Scherzer in games 1&2 so he could bring them back in games 5&6 if necessary. As it stands now it would be Sanchez in a deciding game 7.

  4. legacybroken - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Fister is still better then Max, so it makes sense to have him as the number 2, Sanchez over Max on the otherhand,Im not sure of. Though Detroit simply has a rotation built for playoffs.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      Disagree strongly. Fister is not better than Scherzer…an injured Scherzer, but not a healthy one.

  5. weaselpuppy - Oct 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    This allows you to let Scherzer Max out in his start…he’s still not 100% with his shoulder stamina….and it allows him to be an impact reliever if you need him in game 7 for an inning.

  6. xjokerz - Oct 22, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    A left ab injury in April? Please post something of worth next time

  7. blindredhat - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I would start Verlander in Games 1, 4 and 7, on three days rest. If there was any time to do that, and any pitcher you would do it with, it would be now and with Verlander.

    • darthicarus - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Unless the Tigers get manhandled in one of the first 3 games I see no reason to bring Verlander back on short rest. The way their starting pitching is going I think giving him “normal” rest is fine, unless a must-win situation comes up.

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