By Matt Snyder
Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers has been postponed due to heavy rains throughout the night. At 9:07 p.m. ET, the tarp was placed on the field and play was suspended in the middle of the 2nd inning with a 1-1 tie.
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The implications of this have the potential to shake the entire series. Aces CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander started the game. Sabathia threw 27 pitches and Verlander's thrown 25. Neither is going to come back Saturday night and Sunday night might be a stretch as well. But Game 3 on Monday? That's easily doable. And that's when they'll both pitch again.
Leyland has now announced that Doug Fister will take the ball when play resumes Saturday and Max Scherzer will go Sunday. Verlander then comes back on Monday with Rick Porcello slated for Game 4 and Doug Fister ready for Game 5, should the final two games be necessary. So this is a huge blow to the Tigers, who only get to use their ace once.
The Yankees will go with Ivan Nova when play resumes Saturday and follow with Freddy Garcia Sunday. That means CC vs. Verlander will take place in Comerica Park in Game 3. There hasn't been an announcement past that, but the Yankees' hand is likely forced to go with A.J. Burnett in Game 4 due to the circumstances, and then Nova would be ready for Game 5.
This is all assuming there are no further delays or postponements, and the radar shows that is entirely possible.
Suddenly the most important player in the series is Mother Nature.
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