NEW YORK -- The Tigers made two huge midseason acquisitions. The Yankees made none.
The Tigers are going to the American League Championship Series. The Yankees are not.
Doug Fister, brilliant for the Tigers after a July 30 trade with the Mariners, allowed one run in five innings in the decisive Game 5. Delmon Young, picked up in an Aug. 15 waiver deal with the Twins, hit the second of the Tigers' back-to-back first-inning home runs.
And the Tigers will go on to face the Rangers, beginning Saturday night in Texas.
The Yankees will go on to assess how it all went so wrong.
On the final night of their season, starter Ivan Nova went just two innings, with the Yankees announcing that he left the game with tightness in his right forearm. That forced manager Joe Girardi to piece together the most important game of the year with his bullpen, and with the Yankees already trailing 2-0.
The piecing-together actually worked well, although CC Sabathia (in the first relief appearance of his career) gave up an add-on run. Girardi was able to set it up with David Robertson ready to pitch the eighth and Mariano Rivera available for the ninth.
With questions about Nova's health, and with Girardi pushing Sabathia through 37 pitches on two days' rest, you had to wonder how the Yankees would be set up for the ALCS, even if they got there.
But they didn't.
The Tigers made the moves in July and August. Those moves paid off in October.