The Tigers kickoff the 2011 ALCS tonight against the Texas Rangers. While Detroit won six out of nine games against the Rangers this year, this matchup has the makings of a seven game series. Both teams have a goies od offense, both teams have good pitching. The key for the Tigers will be starting pitching. Detroit was able to shut down the powerful Yankees lineup with solid starting pitching, and they will need to do the same if they hope to advance to the World Series. Everyone expects Verlander to perform, but the Tigers will need Fister and Scherzer to pitch like they did against the Yankees. In addition to pitching, Detroit will need to see more offense from Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. The 4-5 hitters led the Tigers offense all season long, but were quiet in the ALDS. It has already been announced that Delmon Young will be left off the roster (replaced by Danny Worth), so the Tigers will need to see some offense from other spots in the lineup. If the starting pitching is solid and Cabrera and Martinez come through, Detroit will be tough to beat.
Prediction: Tigers win in 6 games.