Tigers’ playoff rotation has Scherzer in Game 1 and Verlander, not Price, in Game 2

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced the team’s rotation for the ALDS.

Max Scherzer will start Game 1 against the Orioles, followed by Justin Verlander in Game 2, David Price in Game 3, and Rick Porcello in Game 4. Anibal Sanchez, who hasn’t had enough time to build back his arm strength after a disabled list stint, will spend the series in the bullpen as a potential late-inning bullpen option.

Price pitched the regular season finale Sunday, shutting out the Twins for 7.1 innings as the Tigers clinched the AL Central title. Game 2 of the ALDS is Friday, so Price could have started on his normal rest.

Ausmus is going with Verlander instead despite the former MVP’s ugly 4.54 ERA and league-high 104 earned runs allowed this season. Verlander did finish on a high note, allowing just two total runs in 15.1 innings against the Royals and White Sox, but Price has been vastly superior all season. Of course, if the Tigers stick to a four-man rotation only Scherzer could be starting two games during the ALDS anyway.