Tag:Yankees-Tigers
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:25 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Teixeira not a fan of expanded playoffs

Mark TeixeiraBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Mark Teixeira nearly gave us a preview of the new playoff format, but the Yankee first baseman is happy with the way the system works now.

Teixeira hit two homers, including a grand slam, to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead against the Rays on Wednesday, and had his team been able to keep that lead, we would have had a play-in game for the American League wild card.

Starting as soon as next season (but more likely in 2013), we'll have that anyway, as Bud Selig has championed an extra wild card team and a one-game playoff between the two wild card teams. Count Teixeira against it -- pointing to Wednesday night's excitement as exhibit A.

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"Last night proves that over 162 games, you still have (games that matter)," Teixeira told Brendan Prunty of the Star-Ledger. "You still had 4-5 games that meant a lot to each of those teams. The baseball fan gets to turn on the TV and watch that at once. It's pretty cool."

Teixeira joked that if MLB needed more excitement, "we can just have home run derbies in extra innings. Starting pitchers can go out and box for a couple of innings."

Of course, in the end, he hit the nail on the head -- "I guess if we can get one extra game on TV and make a couple of extra bucks -- I guess that's what it's all about." 

That said, plenty of people said the same thing when Selig introduced the wild cards -- and that's worked out pretty well.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 2:52 pm
 

2011 ALDS matchup: Tigers vs. Yankees



By Matt Snyder


After winning 95 games and taking home a division title for the first time since 1987, the Tigers get presented with the chance to take down the mighty Yankees, who had the best record in the American League. The Yankees, meanwhile, are in the playoffs yet again -- as they have been every year except 2008 since the '94 strike. But this isn't a mismatch. Far from it. It's a battle of two titans. I fully expect this to be the most exciting divisional series.

TEAM INFORMATION

Detroit Tigers (host games 3, 4)
95-67, AL Central champions
Manager: Jim Leyland
Team batting statistics: .277 batting average (3rd in AL), .340 on-base percentage (3rd), .434 slugging percentage (4th)
Team pitching statistics: 4.04 ERA (7th), 1.32 WHIP (8th), 2.27 K/BB (6th)
Star player: SP Justin Verlander -- 24-5, 2.41 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 250 K in 251 innings.

New York Yankees (host games 1, 2, 5)
97-65, AL East champions
Manager: Joe Girardi
Team batting statistics: .263 batting average (5th in AL), .343 on-base percentage (2nd), .444 slugging percentage (3rd)
Team pitching statistics: 3.58 ERA (8th), 1.32 WHIP (9th), 2.41 K/BB (4th)
Star player: CF Curtis Granderson -- .262/.364/.552, 41 HR, 119 RBI, 136 R, 26 2B, 10 3B, 25 SB

SCHEDULE (Click here to view the entire postseason schedule)
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Game 1: DET @ NYY, Sept. 30, 8:37 p.m. ET. Verlander (24-5, 2.40**) vs. CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.00)
Game 2: DET @ NYY, Oct. 1, 8:37 p.m. ET. Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83) vs. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70)
Game 3: NYY @ DET, Oct. 3, 8:37 p.m. ET. Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43) vs. Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62)
Game 4: NYY @ DET, Oct. 4* Rick Porcello (14-9, 4.75) vs. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00)
Game 5: DET @ NYY, Oct. 6* Verlander (24-5, 2.40) vs. Nova (16-4, 3.70)

* If necessary | ** all pitching matchups projected

TEAM BREAKDOWN (Click player name for statistics)

Catcher
Detroit: Alex Avila
New York: Russell Martin

Martin's been a very pleasant surprise for the Yankees this season, giving them 18 homers and a .732 OPS. The former All-Star had just been given up on by the Dodgers, so most of these numbers were gravy. Of course, Avila's been even better and just as surprising. He hit 19 homers with an .895 OPS and was incredibly durable. He may even garner some MVP votes (voters list 10 names, remember).

Advantage: Tigers

First base
Detroit: Miguel Cabrera
New York: Mark Teixeira

The Yankees wouldn't lose a battle of first basemen very often, but they do here. Teixeira finished the season with 39 homers and 111 RBI, but he only hit .248. He is the superior defender here, but Cabrera is so much better offensively (.344/.448/.586 with 30 homers, 105 RBI and 48 doubles) that it more than makes up for it. This one is close, but it's not a question. It's elite versus very well above average.

Advantage: Tigers

Second base
Detroit: Ryan Raburn/Ramon Santiago
New York: Robinson Cano

The Tigers have used six different players at second base this season and the Yankees have arguably the best second baseman in baseball. This is a blowout.

Advantage: Yankees

Shortstop
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Detroit: Jhonny Peralta
New York: Derek Jeter

Jeter is not bad, but he's 37 and his best days are far in the rearview mirror. His 3,000th hit was one of the best moments of the 2011 season and he very clearly has the far better career, but Peralta is the better player in the present tense. He hit .299 with 21 homers, 86 RBI, 68 runs and an .824 OPS. Jeter hit .297 with six homers, 61 RBI, 84 runs and a .743 OPS. Does Jeter's "Yankee mystique" and "clutchness" carry the day here? That remains to be seen, but for now we have to go with tangibles.

Advantage: Tigers

Third base
Detroit: Wilson Betemit
New York: Alex Rodriguez

Betemit's done an admirable job since being acquired by the Tigers, as he's hit .292/.346/.535. That's actually better than A-Rod's .276/.362/.461, but there's little question -- even among A-Rod's many haters -- who the better player is here. As long as he can stay healthy, which is a big question, Rodriguez gives the Yankees an advantage here.

Advantage: Yankees

Left field
Detroit: Delmon Young
New York: Brett Gardner

Young has provided decent power for the Tigers since coming over (eight homers and a .458 slugging percentage in 40 games) from the Twins, but he still makes a lot of outs (.298 OBP). While Gardner doesn't provide much power, he's one of the best defensive players in baseball in addition to being one of the biggest threats on the basepaths (49 stolen bases). And he gets on base at a .345 clip.

Advantage: Yankees

Center field
Detroit: Austin Jackson
New York: Curtis Granderson

Jackson is a better defensive player, but not by leaps and bounds. That phrase could be used to describe the difference in the two players offensively at this point, though. Granderson was one of the premier power hitters this season and his .916 OPS dwarfs Jackson's .690.

Advantage: Yankees

Right field
Detroit: Magglio Ordonez
New York: Nick Swisher

It was a big blow for the Tigers to lose Brennan Boesch for the season, as he could fit here or left field and give them an advantage. Then again, is Magglio "back?" He's hitting .419/.444/.558 in September and looks to have a spring in his step. Maybe it's his last big run (he's 37) as he seeks his first ring. Still, Swisher is still a great on-base guy (.374) with power (30 doubles, 23 homers).

Advantage: Yankees

Designated Hitter
New York: Jesus Montero/Andruw Jones/Jorge Posada
Detroit: Victor Martinez

Martinez hit .330 with an .850 slugging percentage and 103 RBI in 145 games. Even if Montero or Jones gets hot, this isn't even close (at least not yet, as we've only scratched the surface on Montero's immense potential).

Advantage: Tigers

Starting pitching
Detroit: Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello
New York: CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Freddy Garcia

Fister (8-1, 1.79 ERA since joining the team) puts the Tigers over the top here. Otherwise it would just be one ace on each team with a group of also-rans. You can give credit for Ivan Nova's 16-4 record if you want, but give most of that to his teammates. His ERA is worse than Garcia's. Nova and Garcia is a better duo than Scherzer and Porcello, but, again, Fister's in there. There are only a handful of pitchers I'd rather have in the postseason than Sabathia. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Verlander is one of them. But hey, at least we get treated to an amazing Game 1 matchup here, right? Everyone should tune in for that one.

Advantage: Tigers

Relief pitching
Detroit closer: Jose Valverde
New York closer: Mariano Rivera

Al Alburquerque is one of the best relief pitchers in baseball, but David Robertson is better. Rivera is better than Valverde. The Yankees are a bit deeper, too, as they've gotten good work from Luis Ayala and Cory Wade -- and Rafael Soriano still has a huge amount of talent. He actually had eight straight scoreless outings before a bad one to close the year. 

Advantage: Yankees

Total advantage: Yankees (6), Tigers (5)

PREDICTION (click here to see full postseason predictions)
CBS Experts
Evan Brunell: Tigers in 4
Gregg Doyel: Tigers in 5
Danny Knobler: Yankees in 5
Scott Miller: Tigers in 5
Trent Rosecrans: Tigers in 5
Matt Snyder: Tigers in 5
Matt's take: This is a complete toss up. When submitting my predictions, I actually had the Yankees in five and going all the way to the World Series. Right before I clicked "send" on my email, I changed my mind. Some of it was a gut feeling, but the rest of the thought process went like this: I like the Tigers to get the first two on the strength of great starting pitching. It's entirely possible the Yankees take the next two, in fact likely, but then they'd have to face Justin Verlander with Ivan Nova as the opposing starter in Game 5. Again, nothing would surprise me in this series, though. If I was asked to place a wager on either team, I wouldn't do it. I'm not confident in any outcome here. As I said in the intro, this very much promises to be the best divisional series and if you told me to give you the three best teams, two of them are right here (along with the Phillies). Whoever wins this series is automatically my favorite in the ALCS and maybe even the World Series.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:16 am
 

2011 MLB Playoffs: Fan guide

By Matt Snyder

Hopefully in the next month we get the kind of excitement baseball provided to us Wednesday night. If that happens, here's how you'll be able to take it all in.

Internet

We've got you covered here. The schedule and results page will be updated throughout the postseason. You can see -- and mock, I'm sure -- our predictions. I've always maintained you don't have the right to complain without listing your own in the comments section, so man up and post them. Also, throughout the postseason, if you can't watch the game on TV, our scoreboard updates live by the pitch. There's even a comments board where you can fight amongst yourselves, which is always popular. And much safer than doing so in person.

Also, if you're on Twitter, follow @EyeOnBaseball, @ScottMCBSSports, @DKnobler, @greggdoyelcbs, @MattSnyder27, @ctrent and @EvanBrunell. Engaging with us on that forum is definitely encouraged.

TV

TBS has all NLDS and ALDS games. It also has the NLCS. Fox has the ALCS and the World Series.

TBS' lead broadcast team is Brian Anderson -- who has been the Brewers' play-by-play announcer -- along with color commentators John Smoltz and Ron Darling. That team will handle the NLCS and the Yankees-Tigers series. Tom Verducci will be the field reporter with this team. The other three broadcast teams for the divisional series are:
• Dick Stockton and Bob Brenly will work the Phillies-Cardinals series with Craig Sager reporting.
• Don Orsillo and Buck Martinez will work the Rangers-Rays series with Jaime Maggio reporting.
• Victor Rojas and Joe Simpson have the Brewers-Diamondbacks series with Sam Ryan reporting.

Of note, Ernie Johnson has been the top play-by-play man for TBS in the past, but he's unable to do so this year as he's with his family. His son has muscular dystrophy and has been hospitalized for weeks.

In the studio, TBS will go with Matt Winer as the host and a trio of former major-leaguers to analyze the action: David Wells and Hall of Famers Cal Ripken and Dennis Eckersley.

Fox will go with the Joe Buck-Tim McCarver tandem for both the ALCS and World Series as things currently stand. If Buck is unable to do so due to his coverage with the NFL -- and he's had voice issues this season -- expect either Thom Brennaman or Kenny Albert to take over. Ken Rosenthal will be the field reporter. Their studio show will be hosted by Chris Rose, with former players Mark Grace and Eric Karros analyzing. Also, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been added as another analyst (Chicago Tribune).

APPs

Appatalism.com has a few good ones.

Live play-by-play.

At bat lite, with video clips.

So let's all sit back and enjoy what should be a wonderful postseason.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:56 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 9:17 am
 

2011 CBSSports.com MLB playoff predictions

2011 MLB postseason predictions
Predictions
Brunell

Doyel

Knobler

Miller

Snyder

Rosecrans
DET/NYY ALDS
in 4

in 5

in 5

in 5

in 5

in 5
TB/TEX ALDS
in 4

in 4

in 5

in 4

in 5

in 4
ARI/MIL NLDS
in 5

in 5

in 5

in 4

in 4

in 4
STL/PHI NLDS
in 3

in 3

in 5

in 4

in 3

in 4
ALCS
in 7

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
ALCS MVP Justin Verlander James Shields Russell Martin Miguel Cabrera Doug Fister Jose Valverde
NLCS
in 6

in 7

in 7

in 6

in 7

in 5
NLCS MVP Prince Fielder Ryan Braun Justin Upton Hunter Pence Chase Utley Roy Halladay
WORLD SERIES
in 5

in 6

in 7

in 7

in 7

in 6
WORLD SERIES MVP Zack Greinke Corey Hart Derek Jeter Roy Halladay Cliff Lee Miguel Cabrera

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