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We bet you think that we're only writing about Prince Fielder eating a fan's nachos because it's a bit of a slow news day. You would be so wrong. We're writing about it because it's great. The presence of mind Fielder has in acquiring said nachos -- suggesting that perhaps there was a bit of forethought involved -- would be noteworthy on any day. It's that kind of veteran wiliness that's helped Fielder lead the Tigers to the top of the AL Central this season. It's also probably helped him keep his energy up as the playoffs approach. Always looking for advantage, that Prince Fielder.

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Baseball races reach the stretch run

With three weeks in the regular season, Major League Baseball's playoff picture is coming into focus, though some big questions remain. The Cardinals, Pirates and Reds are in a tight race for the National League Central, while Oakland or Texas are battling it out for the American League West title. But the most drama is in the race for the second AL wild card, where five teams are vying for one playoff berth. Do the Indians, Orioles, Yankees or Royals have enough left in the tank to challenge the Rays?

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  • Which manager would you rather have in the race for the AL's second wild card?

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  • Which team will win the AL West?

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  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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  • Which team will represent the NL in the World Series?

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  • Which team will represent the AL in the World Series?

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Max Scherzer is having a great season -- there's no one out there who will really dispute this. 209 strikeouts and a 2.88 ERA are ace-level stats. It's Scherzer's win-loss record, however, that may be skewing the way he's viewed. He's 19-2 after a rare loss to the Red Sox last night, and it's been pointed out that, as good as Scherzer has been this season, his amazing record may largely be due to the Tigers' league-leading 5.79 runs per game in support of him. Manager Jim Leyland wasn't having any of the suggestion, saying that he ''didn't believe in any of that stuff,'' but you have to admit that getting a near-guaranteed five runs every time you start is going to put your mind at ease if you're a pitcher.


Run support?

By comparison, Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez has a lower ERA than Scherzer, but only has a 12-7 record. That might be due to receiving a half-run less support per game than Scherzer.

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How much of Max Scherzer's 19-2 record is due to his run support?

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Will Verlander bounce back?

A rough outing Tuesday night capped a miserable August for Justin Verlander, as he dropped to 12-10 with a 3.73 ERA. More troubling? He's winless in his past four starts and the Tigers are 13-15 in games he's started. But there's good news: With the Tigers a near-lock for the playoffs, Verlander has time to figure things out. And the stats show he's done it before: Verlander is 9-4 in August the past four seasons, but 13-1 in September in the past three. Will he bounce back in time to help Detroit in the playoffs?

  • Will Justin Verlander bounce back in September?

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  • How concerned should the Tigers be about Justin Verlander's recent struggles?

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  • Assuming Max Scherzer (19-1, 2.73 ERA) would be the Tigers' first starter in the playoffs, who would you pitch second?

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  • Given Justin Verlander's recent struggles, do you still consider him an elite pitcher?

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