Scouting report: Athletics-Tigers

Miggy's never looked more punchless, but Detroit's pitching will prevail

Updated: October 3, 2013, 11:36 AM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

For the second straight season, the A's and Tigers will meet in the American League Division Series. Last year's series was hotly contested, with each of the first four games being decided by two runs or fewer before Detroit broke things open at the end of Game 5. This series should be just as competitive.

Key matchup: Brandon Moss vs. Tigers starting pitchers

Since arriving in Oakland, Moss has brutalized right-handed pitching. His 158 wRC+ against righties during the past two seasons ranks eighth in baseball, and has easily been the best on the A's. With the fearsome foursome in Detroit -- all righties -- the burden will fall on Moss to produce. Oakland will especially need him for power, as they are uncertain if they can rely on the hurting Yoenis Cespedes from that standpoint.