Despite having two of the most well-known sluggers in all of baseball anchoring their lineup, it's the starting rotation that has carried the Detroit Tigers to a 2-0 advantage over the New York Yankees in this year's American League Championship Series.
Through the first few games of this year's postseason, Detroit's starters haven't just been good; as ESPN Stats & Info reports, Tigers starting pitchers have been historically dominant over the past couple weeks. In the first seven games of the 2012 playoffs, Tigers starters have a 0.94 ERA, and they've only gotten better of late.
Over the past four games, Detroit's rotation hasn't allowed a single run, allowing its bullpen to inherit a shutout in each game. According to ESPN, the Tigers are the, "first team in the last 100 years to have their starters allow zero earned runs in four straight starts of five innings or more."
With ace Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer and Doug Fister all dealing at this point in front of a lineup that includes the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Austin Jackson, it seems like Detroit is peaking at the right time.