Then Dombrowski took a bit of a risk by trading fan favorite Curtis Granderson and pitcher Edwin Jackson as part of a three-team deal with the New York Yankees and Arizona. In return, the Tigers acquired Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Daniel Schlereth.♦ World Series Position by Position Preview (Fox Sports Detroit)
The trade certainly paid dividends this year. Scherzer was terrific down the stretch in the regular season, finishing second in the majors behind Verlander in strikeouts. Jackson also had an impressive year in center field — Granderson's old position. Coke came through with a couple saves in the AL championship series.
"There's a lot of people in that trade, so it's hard to keep up with everybody," Scherzer said. "Really, once I got traded over to Detroit, it has been a great home for me. ... And to be a part of something special here is great."
Detroit's rotation simply has been incredible in the postseason, setting records for ERA and consecutive shutout innings. Verlander has been the star, but he's gotten plenty of support from Sanchez, Scherzer and Fister. If the Tigers get the same kind of starts they got against Oakland and the Yankees, they will win the World Series with ease.♦ Giving Scherzer an eye exam (Detroit News)
EDGE: The Tigers came into the postseason with a better rotation, and are entering the World Series with the hottest foursome in playoff history. The Giants know they have to find a way to break up Detroit's performances in a hurry if they want to have any shot at the title.
It should be noted that Scherzer is not self-conscious about his eyes. When the Tigers gave out a Max Scherzer bobblehead in 2011, it was optically correct, and when the players strapped on goggles for the traditional spraying of Champagne after they swept the heathen New York Yankees last week, Scherzer's had mismatched lenses.
"Most likely," says Paul Edwards, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Henry Ford Health System, the condition "was simply inherited."