Detroit Tigers 2011 Playoffs Outlook
The Detroit Tigers reached the playoffs by the winning the AL Central division title and could make some noise with their nearly unhittable ace.
Justin Verlander has been nothing short of phenomenal this year, winning 24 games and considered the favorite to win both the Cy Young and MVP awards. You feel that he has the ability to throw a no-hitter every time he heads out to the mound, and he is definitely the kind of pitcher that other teams fear.
The Tigers aren't a great hitting team, but they have a few guys who can smack the ball around the yard. Miguel Cabrera is obviously their top threat, but the addition of Victor Martinez has given him some much-needed protection in the lineup.
Detroit did draw a tough first-round matchup against the New York Yankees, but they certainly aren't unbeatable. Verlander could be the great equalizer, and it's not like the Tigers and Jim Leyland haven't been here before. They have plenty of postseason experience, and that should serve them well.
I really like this Detroit team. I don't know what it is, but I think Verlander can almost single-handedly pitch them into the World Series. Look for the Tigers to upset the Yankees and then get past whichever team awaits them in the next round to reach the World Series.