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Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Posted on: October 2, 2011 6:43 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Bet the Tigers don't mind having Justin Verlander in Game 3 now.

I'm also thinking that the Yankees now won't throw Miguel Cabrera another strike in this series. Of course, I'm still wondering why they threw him a strike Sunday.

A lot changed in this American League Division Series Sunday, when the Tigers rode Cabrera, Max Scherzer and a shaky Jose Valverde ninth inning to a 5-3 Game 2 win over the Yankees.

The series is tied, at one win apiece. But now if the Yankees don't beat Verlander on Monday night in Detroit, their season rests in A.J. Burnett's unreliable hands in Game 4 Tuesday.

Sunday morning, the Tigers were the team with their season on the brink. They had lost just one game, but they'd gone through both Verlander and Doug Fister, their two most reliable starters this year.

They had no idea what to expect from the talented but erratic Scherzer, the sometimes-forgotten pitcher the Tigers got as part of the three-team Curtis Granderson-Austin Jackson-Ian Kennedy trade after 2009.

What they got from Scherzer on Sunday was 5 1/3 no-hit innings. What they got was six-plus innings and no runs.

Meanwhile, Freddy Garcia made the one mistake you absolutely can't make against the Tigers. He let Cabrera beat him.

With a runner on and two out in the first, he got far too much of the plate and gave up a two-run home run. With runners at first and third and one out in the sixth, he put another pitch on the plate and Cabrera's single made it 3-0.

While Cabrera was huge, Yankee cleanup hitter Alex Rodriguez is 0-for-8 in the series and is once again hearing boos at Yankee Stadium.

More shades of 2006, memories the Tigers will try to fan by having Kenny Rogers throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Verlander takes the mound Monday night at Comerica Park.

The similarities are there now, with rain, a Yankee win in Game 1 and a Tiger win in Game 2.

In '06, Rogers carried a shutout two outs into the eighth inning of Game 3, and the next day Joe Torre batted A-Rod eighth the day the Yankees were eliminated.

It's too early to say this is a repeat.

But Verlander is pitching Game 3.
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:43 am
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

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Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

The Yankees kind of luck out because they will only have to play Verlander once all series.  But either way, he's got one start left with the season pretty much on the line.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:24 am
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Please do not bring in Papa Grande until it is a save situation!  CC was on his game last time out, so this should be another classic game.




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:09 am
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

This is the same guy who 2 days ago said the Yankees were gonna win it all and now it's all doom and gloom.  Between him and Prisco, CBS really needs new sports writers.



Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

I understand why Tigers fans are pumped about Game 3 - you get your best shot to go up 2-1, and if you do, you get a chance to clinch at home and it's AJ Burnett trying to stop you.  Yeah, if I could pick any AL pitcher currently in the playoffs to put on the hill for me in Game 3, I can't lie and say it wouldn't be Verlander.  But that doesn't mean CC Sabathia is the immediate number two.  He's worthy of being the runner-up in this year's Cy Young race, and capable of matching zeroes with Verlander.  If he does, the Yankees have shown thus far in the playoffs that they can hit the Tigers bullpen around... so I wouldn't be too hasty if I were a Tigers' fan.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2011 10:16 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

He seems toforget that CC is also waiting.
We won Sat,lost today, tomorrow is a new game. New pitchers. It should be interesting.
Go Yanks!!!



Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Hey Knobler, shave your head!  You look rediculous, go to HCM if you must.


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 9:08 pm
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

49er for life first of the Tigers are not Kittens, JV will have his good stuff tomorrow night in CoAmercia Park and shut down the Yanks bank on that


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