Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why the Detroit Tigers would be better off starting Doug Fister in Game 3 rather than Game 2 of the ALDS

In the ALDS, a five-game series, it would make more sense, in my opinion, if Doug Fister - clearly the Tigers' No. 2 starter behind Justin Verlander - starts the third game rather than Game 2.
In a five-game series, the third game is arguably the most important. The three scenarios are elimination, clinching or taking control of the series. The stakes aren't nearly as high in Game 2.
That is especially true for the Tigers if they are hosting the first two games of the ALDS. That's because Max Scherzer, who is the mostly likely option to start either Game 2 or Game 3, has an ERA that is considerably better at Comerica Park than it is on the road.

Justin Verlander is exception to the rule and deserves MVP. My column


Blogger Barry said...

Pat your right I agreed what JL is doing with getting the rotation set. If Max is a solid # 3 guy at home but a #5 guy on the road. Pat, I am more concerned when I heard that Miggy is taking ground ball at 3b? Didn't Tigers tries that back in 1987 with D Evans.

9:12 AM 
Blogger Farris Khan said...

By pitching Fister later, you are reducing the chance he can pitch twice in the ALCS. Don't you want your second best pitcher to pitch 2x in a 7 game series?

Another radical idea:
How about going with Porcello in the first game, then Verlander, Fister and Scherzer. Game one would be gravy (don't have to win)? Then there would be mismatches the rest of the series.

Tigers would concede a game 1 mismatch to get a mismatch in their favor for then next 3 games.

1:49 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Barry, Farris Khan,
We'll see how it plays out. Scherzer would be much better at home than on the road.

12:57 PM 

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