"If the truth be known, in my mind, I thought it was a no-brainer, the first-game starter," Leyland said. "I thought the second-game starter was a tough one, because you could've had [Anibal] Sanchez or Verlander. I picked Verlander simply because he's been on this big stage out here. I thought it would be good for him. He's shown that he can do it."
Sanchez's strength at home also played a part. The debate over whether Leyland made the right choice in Game 1, and whether Scherzer's gem allowed him to sleep better, flummoxed him.
"Sleep better? I thought it was a no-brainer," Leyland said. "And now everybody's saying, 'Boy, he made a good choice.' I made a good choice whether he did good or bad. I mean, I made a good choice now because he did good? It was the right choice."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.