Justin Verlander helped lead the Tigers to the World Series in his first full season in the Majors. But on baseball's biggest stage, he struggled, losing his two starts. Now, the Goochland product is getting a second chance.
The Tigers are headed back to the World Series, six years since Verlander's first trip.
Thursday the Tigers beat the New York Yankees 8-1 for a four-game sweep of the AL championship series.
Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning against CC Sabathia, who was unable to prevent the Yankees from getting swept in a postseason series for the first time in 32 years.
Starting pitcher Max Scherzer did his best Verlander impression, taking a no-hit bid into the sixth against a New York starting lineup that was again without Alex Rodriguez, who flied out with two on in the sixth as a pinch hitter.
Austin Jackson added a solo shot in the seventh for Detroit, and Peralta hit another homer an inning later to make it 8-1.
Verlander will pitch Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday. It will be either St. Louis or San Francisco, depending on which team wins the NLCS.