The Detroit Tigers announced they will hand the ball to Max Scherzer in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Oakland Athletics on Friday. Justin Verlander will get the call in Game 2.

The rotation rounds out with Anibal Sanchez in Game 3 in Detroit and Doug Fister in Game 4, leaving Scherzer to pitch in a potential Game 5.

CBS Detroit’s Ashley Dunkak wrote in September Scherzer was a Cy Young candidate, with more wins than any other pitcher in baseball and an ERA and WHIP that were nearly as impressive. Perhaps most impressively, Sanchez has allowed two or fewer runs in 20 of his 26 starts. In other words, in 77 percent of Sanchez’s starts, the Detroit offense only had to score three runs to win.

“He’s always good,” Leyland said last month. “He gives it everything he’s got. He’s got a good repertoire of pitches. He’s a very, very good big-league pitcher, obviously. Once again, he was vintage Sanchy tonight – very, very good.”



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