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Justin Verlander's experience has helped him become a true "ace" pitcher, Jose Valverde's role in the bullpen is still unclear, and Robinson Cano isn't doing as poorly as we think. These stories and a pic that Kate will be proud of in today's Morning Prowl.
Will Tigers' pitching end ALCS early?
ESPN SweetSpot Blog, Christina Kahrl
"The Kitties’ fearsome foursome of Verlander, Scherzer, Doug Fister and Sanchez notched an outstanding 70 quality starts in 105 turns for the Tigers, with an average Game Score of 57, which in isolation would represent the best clip in the league."
Detroit Tigers Bullpen Doesn't Need Valverde
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
While I would agree that the Tigers don't "need" Valverde, a return to form for Papa Grande would be a very nice thing to have.
"Basically, for the whole last month of the season, and this postseason, he [Leyland] has gone a lot on matchups but he's also gone with the hot hand," when selecting relief pitchers, Avila said. "The guy who's been pitching the best, he's been thrown out there. At this point of the season, you've got to go with the guy you know is going to get outs."
.gif | Doug Fister wiggles out of trouble in the 6th inning
Walkoff Woodward, Rob Rogacki
From Game 1: pure nastiness from Fister.
The downward spiral of Nick Swisher
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
If his performance this postseason is driving down his price when he hits free agency this winter, then I am doubly in favor of what is happening right now.
Robinson Cano at the Heart of Two Matters
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan
Read the first part if you like (just don't complain about it, please), but the meat of this article is in the latter half: Cano is taking some good swings. The longer he stays ice cold, the better.
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