The Tigers count on seven days of rest not having doused their fire. With seven straight wins, on Saturday they can tie the record for most consecutive wins in a postseason (2004 Red Sox, 2005 White Sox).Such a run neither dismays nor impresses the Cardinals, who knocked off a Mets team that had an overall winning streak of eight after taking the NLCS opener.
STL: RHP Anthony Reyes (0-0, 4.50 ERA postseason)
Reyes, a rookie, scuffled through four tough but ultimately effective innings in his playoff debut, allowing two runs in Game 4 of the NLCS. The Cards believed that Reyes was tipping his pitches, but even so, he kept the damage to a minimum against a dangerous lineup. The right-hander throws a riding fastball, a curveball and a plus changeup that is his out pitch. He shows excellent poise on the mound for such an inexperienced pitcher.
DET: RHP Justin Verlander (1-0, 5.91 ERA postseason)
Verlander hasn't put up stellar numbers in the postseason, but his ability to produce swings and misses has helped keep the Tigers in games long enough to rally ahead. He allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings against the Cardinals back in June, but it was enough for an eventual 10-6 win.
Card to watch: Albert Pujols
Pujols is like -- excuse the expression -- a caged tiger who hasn't been fed for a while. Reverting to the last two games of the Division Series, he has one RBI in nine games. Sure, this is the postseason, with more incentive to pitch around him, but he's still big-time due.
Tiger to watch: Curtis Granderson
He may have sent a limo to pick up the St. Louis pitchers at the airport. He torched them in Tigers' late-June Comerica Park sweep of the Cardinals by batting .538 (7-for-13) and scoring six runs in the three games.
Sunday: Cardinals (Jeff Weaver 2-1, 2.16) at Tigers (Kenny Rogers 2-0, 0.00), 7:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Tigers (Nate Robertson 1-1, 5.91) at Cardinals (Chris Carpenter 2-1, 3.70), 8:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Tigers (Jeremy Bonderman 1-0, 3.00) at Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, 1-1, 1.86), 8:00 p.m. ET
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.