Detroit Tigers Sweep New York Yankees, Earn Trip to World Series
The Detroit Tigers are heading to the World Series. In the middle of September this team was trailing the White Sox by 3 games and didn't look like they would even make the playoffs.
They made it. After battling the Oakland A's in the Division Series, the Tigers swept the Yankees 4 straight to win the American League Championship and a trip to the World Series.
The Tigers will have to wait to find out who their opponent will be, as the Cardinals and Giants still have games to play before the National League champion is decided.
Starting pitcher Max Scherzer kept the Yankee bats quiet, allowing just two hits and striking out ten in 5 and 2/3rds innings. The bullpen did the rest, and the Tiger bats were feeling good today.
Miguel Cabrera blasted a two-run homer in the 4th to put the Tigers up 4-0, and Jim Leyland's club just kept piling on afterward. Jhonny Peralta hit two homers and Austin Jackson also reached the seats.
Game 1 of the World Series will be Wednesday night at the home ballpark of the National League Champion, game 2 would be Thursday, then games 3-5 would be at Comerica Park, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Oct 27-29). If games six and seven are necessary, they would be at the National League ballpark on Wednesday, Oct 31 and Thursday, November 1st.
World Series tickets for games at Comerica Park went on sale yesterday and sold out in 20 minutes.
The Tigers make their first World Series appearance since 2006, when they lost to the Cardinals (a possible opponent this year). The last time Detroit won the World Series was 1984. This is the 11th time in Tiger franchise history that they have won the American League Championship.
Today was Willie Horton Day in Michigan, honoring the former Tiger slugger on his 70th birthday. His team gave him the best present of all.
All World Series games will be televised on Fox, so everybody will be able to see the Tigers as they try to bring home a World Championship to Detroit and Michigan.