There is a fascinating decision awaiting the Detroit Tigers the A’s possible first-round playoff opponent.

Should they start former Cy Young winner and Most Valuable Player Justin Verlander in Game 1 or go with 21-game winner Max Scherzer who’s had the best 2013 season of any Tigers starter?

The A’s will certainly take an interest. At 94-65 they’re two games behind Boston for the top seed in the American League with three regular-season games left to play. The odds are tilted toward them playing the Tigers in their American League Divisional Series. They lead the Tigers by one game for home-field advantage in a potential best-of-five matchup.