You're playing MLB 2013: the Show. You don't feel like going through the long 162 game season. So you skip ahead to the World Series.
For the sake of this discussion, the Tigers and Dodgers are playing in the World Series.
Which side do you pick?
If you have listened to this show, you know how much importance is placed on a solid, short-series rotation. That is the subject of this discussion (because I want to hear from YOU).
Even this is a lot closer than it would have been at this time last year.
Scherzer and Verlander were THE best 1-2 punch in baseball. Plus, when it came to the playoffs, they had guys in Fister and even-to my surprise-Anibal Sanchez proved reliable.
A rotation that can go four-deep in the postseason is a thing of beauty. This year has told a different story.
Verlander has fallen off of the wagon (relatively speaking for Justin Verlander).
He looks like he did in last year's World Series and All-Star Game. For the sake of saving time, he is trying to be a staff ace, rather than just being one. He's the runner who has a lead at the end of a race and spends too much time looking over his shoulder.
Eventually, you are going to get caught.
But at the end of the day, he is still Justin Verlander and Detroit's rotation still goes deeper than LA's.
Neither pen is stellar/worth looking deeper into.
Speaking off falling off the wagon, Joaquin Benoit, everyone. That is all that needs to be said on the Tigers' side.
The Dodgers have two potential closers, which spells 8-9 inning trouble for the opposition.
Young Kenley Jansen has put up a solid stat line for a 25 year old closer, and in general.
To help him out, the team gave Brian Wilson a low-risk contract and it has worked out so far. Despite sitting out most of this year, the velocity is still good, and that beard is just so distracting!
Even though the Tigers win the rotation battle, it is much closer in 2013. This strong Dodgers lineup could-and would-get to Justin Verlander, thus (potentially) taking a crucial arm away. If the Giants can do it, the Dodgers can do.
Plus, even though this whole thing has been about pitching, the Dodgers have a much more threatening lineup-from top to bottom-in a short series.
***I am not concerned about Miggy. His injury did not play a factor.***