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Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers: Pitching Rotations Set for ALDS

Jul 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

While the Detroit Tigers are sending well-known pitchers like Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer to the mound in the ALDS, the Oakland Athletics are countering with a few surprises.

Here’s how the pitching matchups look:

Game 1, Tigers @ A’s: Bartolo Colon vs. Max Scherzer

Game 2, Tigers @ A’s: Sonny Gray vs. Justin Verlander

Game 3, A’s @ Tigers: Anibal Sanchez vs. Jarrod Parker

Game 4 (if necessary), A’s @ Tigers: Doug Fister vs. Dan Straily

Game 5 (if necessary), Tigers @ A’s: TBA

The Game 1 matchup should not be a surprise; Colon and Scherzer have arguably been two of the best pitchers in baseball this season. Colon won 18 games with an ERA of 2.65, while Scherzer led the league with 21 wins. These are the aces of the respective pitching staffs, so look for a low-scoring affair.

Gray, the rookie, will draw the task of facing Verlander, who had an off year by his standards this season. Gray was 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA during the regular season, but the playoffs are an entirely different animal.

Game 3 features Sanchez, the AL’s ERA leader with a 2.57 ERA during the regular season, and Parker, who struggled during his last few starts to wrap up a strong season.

Fister and Straily wrap up the respective rotations, both of them sporting double-digit wins and ERAs below 4.00.

It should be noted that A.J. Griffin is not in the A’s rotation because he has discomfort in his arm.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics

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