DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers will start this post-season just like last years: Max Scherzer in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2.Manager Brad Ausmus announced the teams rotation for its AL Division Series, which begins Thursday at Baltimore. Scherzer also started Detroits post-season opener last year, not long before he was voted the American Leagues Cy Young Award winner. The right-hander went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA this season.Hes been our best pitcher, Ausmus said.The Tigers have the ALs last three Cy Young winners in Scherzer, David Price and Verlander. Price (15-12) will start Game 3 in Detroit on Sunday, with Rick Porcello (15-13) slated for Game 4.It was a tough year for Verlander, who finished 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA, but his last couple starts were encouraging. He started Game 2 of last years ALDS against Oakland, then returned to shut down the Athletics in the decisive Game 5.Detroit has reached the AL Championship Series the last three years, and the Tigers won the pennant in 2012. They owe much of their post-season success to their starting pitching. Detroits starters have posted a 2.12 ERA over the last two postseasons, holding opponents to a .191 average.But that wasnt enough to win the franchises first World Series title since 1984.Generally speaking, pitching can make the difference, but you just dont know how it plays out, said Ausmus, who is in his first season as Detroits manager. Usually you feel like the pitching makes the difference, but then you have a game thats 12-10. We feel good about, obviously, our starting staff going in, but the bottom line is you dont know how the games are going to go.A star-studded rotation may appear to look great, but its no guarantee of success over a small period of time. That was already clear during the regular season. Detroit looked like a heavy favourite in the AL Central after acquiring Price from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline, but the starting rotation didnt exactly dominate, posting a 3.97 ERA since Aug. 1. Injuries and spot starts inflated that figure a bit, but even standouts like Scherzer and Price had their share of shaky outings.The Tigers won the division anyway, with Price pitching brilliantly on the regular seasons final day to help wrap up first place. Now Detroit returns to familiar ground in the playoffs. The Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals are the only teams making a fourth straight post-season appearance this year.Scherzer, Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter are among the Detroit players who can become free agents after this season, so its fair to wonder how much longer this group has to try to win a World Series a€” although the Tigers have been willing to spend big in recent years under owner Mike Ilitch.Its tough when you see your friends, whether theyre going or not, you dont know, Verlander said. But were focused on one task right now and thats to win a World Series, and what happens next year, happens next year.The last three times Detroit was in the ALDS, the Tigers advanced by winning Game 5 on the road. Verlander pitched the last two of those winner-take-all victories, holding Oakland without a run both times.The ultimate goal is to win it all. Ive got a lot of cherished memories and some bitter ones too, Verlander said. Hopefully this is the year. Its not going to be easy, it never is. Were playing real good competition, but I like the way this teams built. I like the way we had to battle through adversity this year and I like the way were set up. Rashan Gary Womens Jersey
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