Tigers Take Pennant

All the facts you need to know as the Tigers make history with a sweep of the Yankees on Thursday, earning a trip to the World Series.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

The Tigers won their 11th pennant on Thursday night with an 8-1 bashing over the Yankees. Here are all the stats you need to know in preparation for next week's World Series match up!

The Tigers' devouring of the Yanks proves they may be one of history's hottest playoff teams.
 

  • The Tigers starters only gave up two runs to the Yankees all series. (0.66 ERA in ALCS)
  • The lowest ERA by a starting rotation in a single postseason (min. 9 games), is your 2012 Tigers with a 1.02 ERA.

Just how brutal was the Yankees beating by Detroit?
 

  • The Yankees .188 batting average was the lowest in a single postseason in major league history.
  • The Yankees have an MLB leading $222 million pay roll.
  • The 2012 Yankees hit a team-record 245 regular-season home runs.
  • The Tigers became the first team to win three straight postseason series against the Yankees.
  • The last time the Yankees were shut out in a series — 1976, against the Big Red Machine of Cincinnati.
  • Robinson Cano posted a 3 for 40 postseason that saw him collect as many hits as St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter.
  • A-Rod batted .120 (3-25) with 12 K in the series and was benched the final two games.
  • New York owes the 37-year-old Rodriguez $114 million over the next five years.
  • Delmon Young was named the ALCS MVP after going 6-for-17 with two homers. He drove in as many runs (six) as the Yankees scored in the series.
  • This is only the fifth best-of-seven postseason series in which one of the teams never held a lead. The Yankees join the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals (WS Boston), 1989 San Francisco Giants (WS, Oakland), 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers (WS, Baltimore) and 1963 Yankees (WS, Los Angeles) to never enjoy an advantage

Very interesting.
 

  • The win sends the Tigers to their first World Series since 2006 — which they also entered via sweep — while mercifully sending the Yankees home for the winter.

Why the 2012 Tigers are special.
 

  • The Tigers struggled to a 26-32 start in the AL Central, but they overtook the White Sox in the final 10 days of the regular season and won the division with an 88-74 record, matching the Cardinals for the fewest wins among the 10 playoff teams.
  • The only other team to sweep an LCS without trailing at any point was the 1984 Tigers, who won three straight against Kansas City.
  • Miguel Cabrera is the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years.
  • Cabrera has reached base in all 20 of his postseason games with the Tigers, a team record.

Notables:
 

  • Detroit closer Jose Valverde, who allowed four runs in Game 1, did not pitch again in the series.
  • Without a World Series title since 1984, Detroit lost to Texas in last year's ALCS before signing Prince Fielder in the offseason following a season-ending injury to star catcher Victor Martinez.
  • The Tigers have five days off before the World Series starts Wednesday at defending champion St. Louis or 2010 winner San Francisco.
  • If Detroit plays St. Louis, it will the 4th time the teams have met in the World Series.

Josh Helmuth is the editor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JHelmuthor subscribe at Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.


Sources: Baseball Tonight, Yahoo Sports, WhoWins.com, New York Times, ESPN, STATS LLC., MLB.com, AP, Fox Sports