DETROIT, MI (Toledo News Now) - The Detroit Tigers have won four World Series, the most recent in 1984. This year's World Series starts in Baltimore and under first-year manager Brad Ausmus, the team believes they have what it takes to win it all.
"The starting staff is kind of a strength, a backbone of our team, and if they are pitching well, I don't necessarily think there is any reason to take them out," Ausmus said.
"We all know what a postseason team consists of: good pitching, a powerful offense, good bullpen, guys that are able to create runs - and that is with any postseason team, and we are going to try and prove that we are the best," said second baseman Ian Kinsler.
"I think we've had a great opportunity every year I've been here, [it] just hasn't happened," said pitcher Justin Verlander. "When you get to the postseason, you never know what can happen. It's not necessarily the best team, it's the hottest team."
"We're not concerned what other people are talking about as far as our bullpen and stuff like that, we know what we are capable of, we know what we need to do for this ball club," Tigers closer Joe Nathan said.
"A lot of these guys - Miggy, Ver, Scherzer, Price - they've been through it, they understand it, how to keep their emotions in check when they are playing," Ausmus said.
The first two games of the ALDS are in Baltimore. Game three will be in Detroit.