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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.
Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Geez, they win one game and all these fanboys are wrapping up the series and giving it to the kittens...give me a break, this one is far from over!

Verlander does not equal a win with CC on the mound facing him...will be a very close game in which the Yanks pull away in the 8th inning versus the Tigers bullpen...bank on it!



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Funny how this post doesn't even mention CC Sabathia

Why should it?  If Verlander is on, not even CC will save the Yankees from being down 2 games to 1. With AJ going in game 4, the Yankees may have just played their last game in Yankee Stadium until next year.



Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Thahahahaha.....Yankee's.....LOSE!!!!!!!!!!! Excellent!  Vermajesty will come thru tomorrow. Knobler will have another sarcastic article to write.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

I couldn't agree more. Rogers in 06 was absolutely sick.  No one really remembers how well he pitched because they fell so hard in the World Series, but Rogers killed it.  3 starts, 3-0, 23 innings pitched and 0.00 ERA. 



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Why doesn't Knobler get a new picture up there - he looks like a child molester



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Really nice win! Most thought once the Yankees got through Verlander and Fister, with a win, maybe two, it would be a cake walk. No way. Scherzer is tough, and most people who have not seen him pitch dont know how good this guy can be. This is going to be a great series. Go Tigers!!



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Funny how this post doesn't even mention CC Sabathia



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

A virtual carbon copy of 2006 so far.  Kenny Rogers performance in Game 3 that year was one of the best pitching performances I have ever seen, and it seemed to zap the spirit of the Yankees.  Hopefully Verlander comes through with his version of a Kenny Rogers impersonation.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

Great win by the Tigs, now Verlander has to show his Cy young/mvp caliber metal in game 3 to put the yanks in a must win situation for game 4.  Scherzer did his job and now the series rest with Detroits #1 and #2 pitchers; the rain delay + Scherzer has put Detroit in a most favorable position.



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Tigers win, and now they have Verlander next

It's not too early to say this is a repeat.  Repeat.  There, I said it.  You guys had a good run at it.  It was almost a great comeback in the last game of the year in Yankee Stadium.  Almost.  Next 2 at Comerica.  Game, series...........Yankee's lose........oooohhhhh Yankee's lose. 


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