What the Detroit Tigers Must Do to Take the Next Step in the ALCS

Zachary D. Rymer@zachrymerMLB Lead WriterOctober 11, 2013

The Detroit Tigers had their backs against the wall for a moment there in the American League Division Series against the Oakland A’s, but their bats came alive in Game 4, and Justin Verlander showed up to do his thing in Game 5.

Having dispatched a worthy adversary in Oakland, the Tigers now find themselves going up against an even tougher team in the American League Championship Series: the Boston Red Sox. They had the best record in the AL this season (97-65) and made relatively quick work of the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS.

For what the Tigers need to do in order to take the next step, MLB Lead Writer Zachary D. Rymer has a few ideas.

There are some key bats the Tigers absolutely need to get going. But for the most part, the real key for them is to keep riding the one big advantage they have over the Red Sox and every team still standing in the playoffs.

If you have any thoughts, questions or pointers of your own for the Tigers, feel free to leave them below.