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Today's News column: The Tigers have the pitching to get the job done

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Even Jose Valverde gets the job done, even if he does allow a run or two and scare the pants off you along the way.
Even Jose Valverde gets the job done, even if he does allow a run or two and scare the pants off you along the way.

A theme that I've hammered here over the past few weeks makes its big-screen debut, so to speak, in the Detroit News today. I am confident the pitching is good enough to get the TIgers into the playoffs -- and good enough to make them a solid sleeper when they're there. Read about it in The News.

But will the lineup hold up? That's the question (left unanswered).

You know the reasons to be happy about pitching. When Anibal Sanchez only qualified for a quality start yesterday, it felt like an off pitching performance. Six innings, two runs allowed. The bum! (Nevermind that the league average for quality starts is 51 percent, or that two of the Tigers' starters have't even make quality starts that often this year.)

And let's not forget the bullpen. From Brayan Villarreal to Jose Valverde, and most everyone in between (even Mr. Phil Coke gets the job done most of the time).

Pitching wins. Detroit has pitching.

(Now can you guys please score some runs?

(Heart),
Everyone