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Tigers not getting their due

October 21, 2012
By CRAIG REMSBURG - Senior Sports Writer ( , The Mining Journal

A lot has already been made of the Detroit Tigers' historic sweep of the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, and rightfully so.

It was the first time the Yankees had been swept in the playoffs since 1980, which says a lot about New York's postseason legacy.

All the media attention the last few days has been centered on the Yankees' collapse and the team's lack of hitting during the postseason.

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The squad's collective .188 batting average was the lowest ever for a team that played at least seven playoff games.

Alex Rodriguez has taken the brunt of the blame, but Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher have also been lambasted for their anemic bats.

ESPN analysts and commentators have even been "suggesting" who the Yankees should keep for next season and who the team should dump.

But no one seems to be giving the Tigers any credit for winning all four games.

No one.

The Yankees' bats were ice cold, to be sure. But a major reason for that was the Tigers' starting pitchers. Justin Verlander, Mark Scherzer, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez allowed just two earned runs against the Yankees over the four games.

That's an impressive fact. So is the Yankees only scoring in three of the 36 innings.

The entire Detroit mound staff limited the Yankees to just six runs in the series. Four of them came in the ninth inning of Game 1 when Jose Valverde imploded and gave up a pair of two-run homers with Detroit up 4-0.

For the national media to focus on the Yankees' ineptitude and not give the Tigers credit for pitching and playing so well is a crime.

It's not surprising, however. The Yankees are in the media capital of the world and are constantly under a microscope. Just ask A-Rod.

In addition, with their Major League-leading $222 million payroll, the Yankees are expected to post the American League's best regular-season record (they did, at 95-67) and win a World Series title.

Failing to advance to the Fall Classic is big news. Media analysts looking for something to chew on found the Yankees' failure too juicy not to ignore or play down. But in the process, the Tigers aren't being given their props for the way they played in dismantling the Yankees.

Not in this corner, however.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is



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