** Justin Verlander can pitch two times in five games. That means 40 percent of the series will be pitched by the best pitcher in baseball.
** Doug Fister will pitch Game 2. That means 60 percent of Tiger games will be started by the best one-two punch in the American League.
** Manager Jim Leyland won’t be resting players.
** Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is no longer on the juice. You don’t hear anybody talking about him breaking Barry Bonds’ all-time home run record any more.
** Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta is a modern murders row that can dominate and intimidate.
** You don’t have to start Phil Coke or Brad Penny every fifth day.
** Alex Avila stud. Russell Martin is not.
** Even Peralta has better range than Derek Jeter.
** Mariano Rivera won’t be of use when the Yankees are down two runs entering the ninth.
** I will be dancing with the local stars for parts of Game 1. The Tigers never lose when I dance.
** The Tigers were competitive with the Yankees before becoming the stud Tigers with Delmon Young, Wilson Betemit and Fister. And they are 16-7 against the remaining AL playoff teams.
** President Obama introduced a baseball stimulous package for Detroit to guarantee more playoff games.
** There are no longer bad vibes floating from Ford Field next door. The Lions and Tigers are on a roll and should keep on rolling.
** I say Tigers in five. And we all know I am never, ever wrong.
** Even God hates the Yankees.