ALDS Game One: Tigers @ Yankees


Five years later, the Yankees will have their chance at revenge. The Yankees took Game One of the 2006 ALDS but fell flat the rest of the way, losing the next three. Alex Rodriguez infamously batted eighth in the fourth and final game.

Only a handful of players will play in this series after playing in that one, and most of them wear pinstripes. One of them played for the Tigers in 2006 and will play for the Yankees in 2011. Gone are the likes of Gary Sheffield, Bobby Abreu and Randy Johnson, replaced by Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and CC Sabathia. Joe Torre has been replaced by Joe Girardi, a manager that has guided his team to wins in four of his five playoff series. It’s not so much revenge as it is the start of a new rivalry between two clubs that figure to contend for many years to come. Here are the lineups…

Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF
Magglio Ordonez,  RF
Delmon Young, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Alex Avila, C
Ryan Raburn, 2B
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Brandon Inge, 3B

Justin Verlander, SP

New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF

CC Sabathia, SP

It’s chilly and windy in New York, and there’s a chance of rain a little later tonight (around midnight or so). The game is scheduled to begin at 8:37pm ET, and you’ll be able to watch on TBS and listen on either WCBS 880 or ESPN Radio. Remember, we’re trying to win a ring around here.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs


  1. McLovin says:

    One hour till game time.

  2. Yankees Retribution Tour 2011 might get held up, seeing as the Rays just manhandled Texas.

  3. Leggy says:

    Postseason purchased, 1.30am start times commence. No blackout restrictions, the joy of being a European baseball fan.

  4. Jesse says:

    I have a feeling this Yankees/Tigers rivalry could become what the Yankees/Indians was in the ’90s. Gonna be sweet.

  5. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ace vs. ace.

    Hope the Yankees are up to the task, and deliver a huge series opening win.

  6. Kevin says:

    For those who wanted us to roll over for the careful what you wish for.
    It’s 8-0..still think we should have let them in?

  7. Golson's Laser Rocket Arm says:

    So the Yankees will get revenge for 06 like how in 09 the Yanks got revenge on the angels for 02/05?

  8. Andrew says:

    Is Jesus available to pinch hit today?

  9. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Poof, like that dooshbag never existed!

  10. Favrest says:

    Delmon Young bats 3rd?

  11. Ivan says:

    Wow the excitement is starting to build, inch by inch by the minute.

  12. Buck Foston says:

    The Yanks are going to fuck up Justin Vanderlay.

    “Just say Vanderlay! Just say Vanderlay!”

  13. Tyrion Lannister says:

    We should be starting the ballgame in about 5 minutes which would be just about when Rays-Rangers get over with. No reason to have a half hour between games. TBS has TNT it can use to show games as well.

  14. Adam says:

    … unbelievable… simply unbelievable…

  15. ED says:

    This is how I’m feeling right now about the playoffs:

  16. Ivan says:

    Is it me or does Mike becomes a tad extra bitchy during the playoffs with the Yankees? But then again im like that my self and I think most of all as Yankee fans lol.

  17. Buck Foston says:

    Nolan Ryan had that same kicked in gut look in the ALCS last season, and then the Rangers just walked right through the Yanks.

    I’m not reading too much into one game.

  18. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    yanks shell verlander tonight

    • TomH says:

      Whether they shell him (the ideal) or win by one run–just so they win and don’t, by losing game 1, basically lose the home field advantage (not to mention giving Detroit delusions of grandeur).

  19. cody says:

    A big batch of rain is quickly building southwest of NYC & should reach Yankee Stadium by about 9PM. A late start & a longggggggg night may be in the cards……..

  20. Midland TX says:

    Hahahahaha the music switched to Anakin/Darth Vader’s Theme as Boone Logan was announced.

  21. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Watching TBS and they’re talking about if Maddon should move Moore to the rotation for if it was a question.

    BTW Tito, wear a hat at all times…please.

  22. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    My prediction is the Pitcher’s duel goes out the window and this is a high scoring game…like Yankees win 11-7.

  23. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    John Smoltz is gonna be all over Verlander’s dick tonight. sigh…

  24. Max says:

    Pedants batting 8th? Really?

  25. Andrew says:

    So like the rest of September, the Sox didn’t show up to play today.

  26. Chen Meng Wang says:

    and we’re under way.

  27. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Good old AJax…

  28. Buck Foston says:

    CC’s not fucking around.

  29. Cy Pettitte says:

    CC is not fucking around.

  30. Stratman9652 says:

    So just kinda popped into my mind… Does Russ win a Gold Glove this year? If not who at C?

  31. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Calling it right now: cc perfect game w/ 27Ks

  32. The Big City of Dreams says:


  33. Ivan says:

    Not a big deal, its not like Young hit it all that well either. Plus, CC stuff and location looks darn good so far.

  34. Greg says:

    That’s a Yankee stadium home run

  35. Andrew says:

    Took it from swisher?

  36. nedro says:

    Delmon Young? Really? Please don’t do this, CC.

  37. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Game over, Verlander’s just that unbeatable.

  38. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    CC’s fat and washed up. Game over.

  39. Tyrion Lannister says:

    No excuse for that pitch to Young. One run could be the ballgame.

  40. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hooray for YS3 specials.

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    DUI chants from the Bleacher Creatures


  42. King George says:

    Come on CC. With Verlander, can’t give away those cheap home runs.

  43. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Justin Verlander? More like Justin GIRLander. Face.

  44. Buck Foston says:

    Asshole in the Geneseo sweatshirt didn’t even throw it back.

    He should be escorted from the stadium.

  45. Karl Krawfid says:

    Our Stadium :(

  46. Nogomo says:

    I just signed up tonight for coverage of the postseason. I don’t want cable TV, OK? I’m funny that way. Anyway, $5.99, you get what you pay for, I guess, but who’d a thunk there’s only ONE camera angle?! When the ball is hit you just stay right on the behind the pitcher view! And no replays. The home run for me: ball was hit, CC looked back, announcer told me it was a dinger. Jesus.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Last year you were able to choose different camera angles, ie: view from the outfield, behind the plate, first and third base lines. Is that feature available this year?

      • Nogomo says:

        Yes, but then the pictures are too small! And the camerawork is jerky and bad! And there are no graphics to tell you the count, etc. And no replays! I can’t understand how they would even sell this crap? I hate them. What a ripoff. My alternative is to go to a crowded, noisy bar!

  47. Charles says:

    Meh a typical Yankee Stadium homer, nothing to worry about, get Verlander in the 1st, don’t let him settle in.

  48. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Koufax? He wouldn’t be pitching on Friday night.

  49. Cy Pettitte says:

    the Captain!

  50. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Best strike out ever?

  51. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I like that.

  52. Alex S says:

    Good hustle by Jete

  53. Buck Foston says:

    Thank God that wasn’t McClelland at 1st.

  54. mt says:

    Is AJ pitching for Tigers?

  55. Ivan says:

    Good AB Granderson.

  56. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Good start so far. Lets do some things Robbie.

  57. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Grandy makes me randy. Nice AB, Curtis.

  58. Greg says:

    Work him, men

  59. Corporate Scum says:

    I really like Cano up in this spot instead of Tex.

  60. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    That strike zone on the side is gonna drive me crazy

  61. Pat D says:

    Will they pitch around ARod?

  62. Greg says:

    Works essentially as a sacrifice.

  63. Hall and Nokes says:

    First look at the Tony Randazzo Vlad-zone there.

  64. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Haha, what in gods name were you doing there Cabrera?

  65. Pat D says:

    Smoltz has already said about 5 things for which I want to rip out his vocal chords.

  66. UncleArgyle says:

    ok now they HAVE to score. Two gifts this inning.

  67. Balboni Rzarector says:

    1-1 baby!

  68. Greg says:

    There we go.

  69. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Derek Jeter scored a home run.


  70. alittleblackegg says:

    I’ll take it!

  71. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hooray! tied game! but Arod, take a pitch maybe?

  72. tom says:

    Talk about a gift run

  73. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yeah I like Teix in that 5 spot.

  74. Jonathan says:

    Is this strike zone for real?

  75. mt says:

    Cheapest run I have ever seen. Good for us.

  76. Thomas Cassidy says:

    I want this fucking home plate umpire to die.

  77. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    “Rodriguez with a postseason RBI” why do I think that’s a shot at ARod?

  78. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Now it’s raining

  79. Sarah says:

    Way to work the count, boys!

  80. Greg says:

    Here comes the rain

  81. karel capek says:

    Is this game on My9?

  82. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Really? did it really just start pooring? My bday party starts in two hours damnit. It better be over by then.

  83. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Effin rain.

  84. Cy Pettitte says:

    gonna make JV throw a ton of pitches. I like this.

  85. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Ball four to Tex? Time to call the game!

  86. Balboni Rzarecta says:

    Verlander’s got the post season jitters

  87. Jonathan says:

    Hahaha didn’t even mention the Red Sox among best offenses in the league when they scored the most…wow

  88. Pat D says:

    Dammit, Nick.

  89. Thomas Cassidy says:


  90. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Teix works a great walk and makes him waste pitches and Swish his a weak grounder on the first pitch.

  91. Karl Krawfid says:

    That is why we hate Swish.

  92. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

    might want to take with verlander’s control off. 1 pitch swisher? really?

  93. Alex S says:

    Guacamole commercials? this is 2009 all over again!!!

  94. BK2ATL says:

    Verlander pitch count. 1 inning, 25 pitches.
    CC pitch count. 1 innning, 15 pitches.

    Score 1-1.

    All according to plan so far.

  95. Hummingbird S. says:

    offense looked great in that inning.. but swisher has to take a fucking pitch.

  96. Hall and Nokes says:


  97. Urban says:

    Rain. I guess in a season of NY rain, it makes sense it rains in the first inning of the postseason.

  98. Chop It Up says:

    Any chance this turns into that O’s game from a few weeks back? Pouring, shitty baseball and a game ending at 2:30 AM?

  99. mt says:

    I know Yanks will pick up his option next year but the one person who I really want to see whether they completey disappear again is Swisher. Tex and Rodriguez are interesting too but I read something that Girardi had to talk to Swisher about being “calm” in postseason.

    Take a pitch, Swisher.

  100. Montero's Mojo says:

    Let us pray that Nick Swisher actually decides to show up for the playoffs this year . . . We’re going to need him.

  101. NC Saint says:

    Boy, just when you thought you were braced for stupid TBS coverage:

    “Outs are big in the postseason.”
    “The forecast was for intermittent rain, but I can tell you, it is coming down right now, harder than intermittent.”

  102. Chen Meng Wang says:

    And that is why I love Teixeira.

  103. Cy Pettitte says:

    MT25 says no base runners for you

  104. nedro says:

    Weather not good.

  105. Greg says:

    Rain could work to our advantage. Verlander would be gone.

  106. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Alex Avila is a classy dude. Kid’s gonna be a good ballplayer.

  107. Cy Pettitte says:

    I don’t know what’s worse, playing through this or rain delay and losing the starters.

  108. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    AGonz says its raining because its not in God’s plan for the Yanks and Detroit to be in the playoffs

  109. Dela G says:

    wow this rain is ridiculous

  110. Ivan says:

    I think they have to play through this. No way they risk a rain delay.

  111. karel capek says:

    It’s raining so hard…that people are getting wet.

  112. Greg says:

    He is locked in so far.

  113. mt says:

    Who do we put in if there is a long delay – Hughes, Burnett (eek!), Ayala?

  114. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    CC is fucking sexy tonight.

  115. Cy Pettitte says:

    rain delay…nooooooooooooooooooooooo

  116. BK2ATL says:

    CC is showing why he should be Cy Young. Too bad they don’t count the postseason.

    He looks so much sharper than Verlander, so far. Keep it up.

  117. Urban says:

    If this was a regular season game, the tarp would already be on. Rarely see the field slick like that.

    I wonder if they have an updated forcast. The rain originally wasn’t supposed to start until closer to midnight.

  118. J-Rod says:

    Wow. CC is looking awesome. Please don’t stop game.

  119. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    is it me, or every time CC looks good, its effing raining

  120. Mike Axisa says:

    Long inning on offense, please. Let Verlander pitch in this stuff.

  121. Sarah says:

    I thought the gods only cried when the Orioles played? I’m confused…

  122. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    why did they even start this effing game….the radar shows rain all night

  123. Sheepmeister says:

    Is this game on My9, I though TBS had the ALDS.

  124. nedro says:

    Oh, no… It’s a tarp!

  125. JerryNYG says:

    Man, rain delay is no good for anyone.

  126. Ivan says:

    Boy I really dont know about this rain delay.

  127. Thomas Cassidy says:

    They fucking called it when Sabathia pitched so Verlander didn’t have to.

    These fucking umpires.

  128. Cy Pettitte says:

    change uniform => eat captain crunch => pitch 7 scoreless innings

  129. karel capek says:

    At least we have the ace announcing team to get us through this rain delay.

  130. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    its gonna be all night

  131. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Hopefully this negatively affects Verlander. CC should be ok. He’s looked real good the first two innings.

  132. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ok this is shitty.

  133. Kramerica Industries says:

    I have to say, even though I’m a little late to the punch…

    Mike’s article about the Tigers ‘pen contains some grade A snark. I give my highest approval.

  134. Sheepmeister says:

    I don’t think this game gets played tonight, so does it get suspended or do we start from the top of the 1st tomorrow.

    • Greg says:

      Oh they will play it tonight.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      I think all games that don’t make it to official status are postponed and restarted from the top at the nearest possible date.

      But this is the playoffs – they will try like hell to squeeze the full nine tonight. As they should.

  135. Midland TX says:

    Kinda wish we got one more chance to bat against Verlander before the delay, in case he was still a bit wild.

    • Pasqua says:

      I don’t think a rain delay is going to help him any. It’ll be like starting all over again. That’s not a good thing for pitchers. Including ours.

    • Urban says:

      Maybe his arm will tighten up, or he won’t be quite as loose when he comes back. It might be like he’s pitching the first inning again.

  136. Pasqua says:

    Hasn’t the narrative been that C.C. hasn’t been the same since coming out to pictch after the rain delay during his perfect game bid?

    If so, then he is officially cured, for this rain delay cancels out the other.

    C.C. is now as good as he has ever been.

    It is spoken.

  137. Cy Pettitte says:

    Burnett vs. Penny

    who you got? lol

  138. Erica says:


  139. Jake says:

    Damn, Damn, Damn. Damn Rain!! Need this to be over quick so CC can stay out there.

    Also, glad to see is on blackout, and ditto for What the hell is the point of if it’s on a national blackout?

    • Sarah says:

      Clearly to get you to give them money so you can watch BP.

      • Jake says:

        I already had because I don’t live in NY anymore, so had to get it to watch the Yankees. And since that’s pretty much all I watch on TV live (all the other shows that I like, I just watch online later) I only got basic cable so no TBS. Figured would work, but nope, same thing as before, get a blackout message and John and Susan driving me insane with stupid stories. Cancelled within like a minute, better get my 3.99 back!

        Lol, batting practice. And like 10 different angles, so I can drive my self nuts when an umpire screws us.

  140. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Eckersley, Boomer, and Ripken doing analysis together. Kill me.

  141. Chen Meng Wang says:

    for the rain delay Pineapple Express or Pulp Fiction?

  142. Cory Wade's emergence says: grrrrrrr!!!! what’s the weather doing in NYC????

  143. Xstar7 says:

    Well this is fucking anti-climactic….

  144. Cy Pettitte says:

    grounds crew taking off the tarp!

  145. Karl Krawfid says:

    Great job starting this game at 5:30

  146. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Lol at Conan in Al Bhed glasses.

  147. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    So…this sucks. Tarp off the field though, hopefully we can get a solid 5-6 innings in before it starts pouring again.

  148. nedro says:

    Wow, man, have they got some elbow grease to spend…

  149. Grit for Brains says:

    Way to go TBS! Keep starting games 90 minutes later than the norm.

  150. Sarah says:

    The Gardy bat smash from the Os game is in this postseason commercial. Hilarious.

  151. karel capek says:

    Better call Saul.

  152. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Do you know what they call a Quarter pounder with cheese in Paris?

  153. Kramerica Industries says:

    So how about the Tigers and Yankees once again being embroiled in a rain delay in the playoffs?

    This better be the reverse of 2006.

  154. Tyrion Lannister says:

    They should never have started this ballgame. Jerry Davis screwed up, MLB screwed up, everyone screwed up here.

  155. Sheepmeister says:

    If only there would have been a window of time this afternoon from 1-7 pm to play a baseball game in new york sans rain. If only, then this wouldn’t have happened.

  156. tom says:

    This is starting to look like a game that shouldn’t have been started. If they don’t get back to play tonight, the decision to go ahead — with each team’s most important pitcher on the mound — will have almost surely affected the outcome of the series. A disaster.

    • bobtaco says:

      If they were to call the game, and then restart tomorrow, could CC resume? He’s only thrown like 25 pitches… right?

      • tom says:

        I have bad memories of a late ’96 Yankee/Oriole showdown where a similar thing happened — Mussina and (maybe) Cone had started pitching but shut down. Each was brought back not the next day but the day after, and each got shelled (though they pitched in different games of a double-header, so each team won one/lost one). So I wouldn’t count on your idea working.

  157. BK2ATL says:

    Since we’re bored, while we’re waiting, check out what complied, so far, on the Boston debacle re: Francona

    “”I’m not sure how much support there was from ownership, and I don’t know that I felt real comfortable,” said Francona during his press conference according to Mike Silverman of The Boston Herald (Twitter link).

    GM Theo Epstein acknowledged that he, John Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino and Ben Cherington met with Francona today to discuss the 2011 season. “We all plan on taking some time to process the thoughts expressed in the meeting,” Epstein said in a statement. “There are no immediate plans for an announcement.”

    Mike Lynch of WCTB TV in Boston reports that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein told management that Francona wasn’t working out six weeks ago because of a “lack of urgency.” Francona was voted out 3-0 a few weeks later.”

  158. Cy Pettitte says:

    If only a stadium could be built with some kind of retraceable covering that could be pulled over it in the event of rain to keep it out and the inside dry.

  159. Tyrion Lannister says:

    These clowns started a game knowing it would rain like this and now we’re probably gonna start back up again only to have to stop in about 2 hours. They can’t push this back as it wouldn’t be fair to the clubs and the aces. If CC comes back out tonight that doesn’t bode well for him coming back on 3 days rest. Unacceptable from this umpiring crew and MLB.

  160. JohnnyC says:

    They put the tarp back on. It’s pouring right now.

  161. Urban says:

    So Ivan Nova and Doug Fister game one starters tomorrow? Bring back CC and Verlander on Monday for the make-up game?

  162. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Team of Destiny? Thanks for reminding me why I get all my baseball news from RAB.

  163. Frigidevil says:

    You know what’s sad? If the game had started at 7 like ususal they could’ve squeezed 5 or 6 innings in there, especially considering the pitchers. Instead it’ll probably be rained out and we’re going to get an AJ start. Fantastic

  164. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nice to see baseball fucked itself over in the name of ratings tonight.

    Either this pitching matchup is lost, or they’ll still be playing until sunrise. Good job all around.

  165. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    dont know what radar any of these idiots were looking at. this storm has been coming up the east coast all day….this was going to happen..and be a weather event that lasted all night…they should have bumped up the start time or never played tonight

    • Urban says:

      They should have flipped the 5:30 and 8:30 games. The weather forcast was questionable enough yesterday when they could have made the call.

  166. JohnnyC says:

    Good thing Bud Selig has the best interests of baseball in mind at all times.

  167. Greg says:

    Verducci is saying that the MLB was caught off guard by the level of precipitation. All of their info called for light rain.

  168. Pat D says:

    This is just utter, utter shit.

  169. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Selig wants the Brewers to win….doesnt care about anyone else

  170. Zooboy says:

    Now we know why Swish swung at the first pitch. He wanted to get the game in. That dude is sharp!

  171. FIPster Doofus says:

    Total fucking debacle.

  172. Kostas says:

    No sense bitching about the rain. Money and TV Ratings supersede any sense of logic. Otherwise this game would not have been scheduled at 8:37 EST but 7:07 EST.

    Money, Money, Money, Money – The American Way.

  173. Pat D says:

    Whenever I get pissed at stuff like this, I just remember to watch this:

  174. Erica says:

    I could totally read a book right now (and I have a whole stack to plow through) but I’d rather sit and be miserable and complain about stuff with you guys.


  175. karel capek says:

    Just remembered the Rush In Rio concert is on later. That’s a good reason to stay up.

  176. Andy says:

    Check out the radar. No way this game is happening tonight. So what’s the deal for the make up? Play a double-header tomorrow? Or play on Sunday?

  177. Urban says:

    As soon as they reach the mandatory wait of 90-minutes, the game will be called. When’s that, another twenty minutes?

    If CC can go on Sunday, if I have the schedule down, he could come back for a game five if needed on Thursday, where it seems unlikely Verlander will not come back based on Leyland’s comments that under no circumstance will he pitch him on three days rest. Not that I expect the Tigers to stick to that comment.

  178. Tyrion Lannister says:

    If you’re both clubs you have to be livid. Yanks wanted to use just 3 pitchers and CC in games 1 and 4. If we get canceled tonight and have to play Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues then we’ll have to choice but to use 4 starters which means Burnett starts a game. CC hopefully could pitch games 2 and 5.

    If Leyland won’t use Verlander on short rest a cancelled game tonight means he would only pitch once in the series. MLB really screwed this up.

  179. Robert says:

    Just checked the forecast rain until Thursday.

  180. JohnnyC says:

    The decision is Joe Torre’s apparently. He’s talking with both sides and the umpires right now.

    • Tyrion Lannister says:

      Well that’s comforting. Maybe he’ll let both teams add one pitcher of his choosing and Scott Proctor will take the mound once again.

  181. Kostas says:

    This is funny beyond belief, simply because of the lost revenue from TV viewers – imagine an audience giving up Sunday Football for first round baseball…. HA! #fail

  182. Xstar7 says:

    Game is officially postponed. Beautiful.

  183. Bill says:

    Game postponed.

  184. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    postponed picking up in bottom of 2nd inning tomorrow, sunday game 2 at 3:07

  185. Sarah says:

    Ugh. Bad news.

  186. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Oh look, we lost the off day. That means AJ will pitch!! Yay!!

  187. Cy Pettitte says:

    game postponed fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

  188. FIPster Doofus says:

    3 o’clock on Sunday? Fuck.

  189. Erica says:


  190. Sarah says:

    Thanks so much TBS and MLB with your crappy start times and weather forecast.

    Make it happen in 3 boys.

  191. Pat D says:

    This is the suck. Are they just gonna pitch Nova and Fister tomorrow?

  192. Urban says:

    Memo to: AJ Burnett

    Dear, AJ. You will now be starting in this series. Please make this one of those things were talking about for years to come, meaning we talk about how you weren’t supposed to pitch and won Game Three with an ELECTRIC performance that completed the sweep of the Tigers.


    Yankee Universe

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      I doubt AJ pitches game 3. It’ll probably be Nova tomorrow , CC on Sunday, Garcia on Monday, and AJ if it gets to game 4.

      • Urban says:

        Let’s win this in three.

        It creates problems. AJ was also the long guy if some starter got blown out, like Nova or Garcia. There is no longer a long guy. Hughes maybe, if his back is up to it. Colon didn’t make the roster, correct? What about Noesi? I have to go back and look.

    • Sarah says:

      I’ll take the performance AJ gave us against the Sox last weekend. He can do it Sunday at the stadium. Freddy’s day was Monday anyways.

  193. JohnnyC says:

    This just eliminated Verlander pitching twice in this series.

  194. Tyrion Lannister says:


    That’s your rotation, folks unless CC can come back tomorrow. Hopefully he can pitch on Sunday. Detroit’s rotation-


    • Urban says:

      That’s if we are really to believe Leyland that under no circumstance will he pitch Verlander on three days rest. If their season comes down to game 5, I just can’t see them going with Fister.

  195. Kostas says:

    Sucks for both teams but now give Detroit better chance to steal game 1. CC would not have let that happen tonight.

    Yanks chances of winning series dropped 35% tonight.

    • Alex S says:

      Please explain that calculation. 35%?

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      How do they have a better chance?

      They also lose their ace from pitching in two games in this series, in all likelihood. This is an awful situation, and I have no clue who really benefits, but if it does benefit Detroit, it’s not by such a substantial margin.

      • Urban says:

        It hard to figure out. It does appear CC can pitch twice still, although not sure that’s true. Will the Yankees have CC pitch tonight (as he did for two innings) and then have him go on Sunday and then potentially Thursday? Three times in the span of six days? I know he didn’t throw that many pitches, but he was still on the mound in high-pressure game.

        And, yes, Verlander can only go once. Advantage Yankees.

        Yet the Tigers planned to go with four starters and built their roster to go with four starters. The Yankees built their roster for three starters, with AJ the long guy. Now that AJ is a starter, they’ve lost a long guy and one off day. Advantage Tigers.

    • Hall and Nokes says:

      I don’t have fangraphs in front of me but surely the team with 24 outs has a better chance than the team with 21?

  196. Hall and Nokes says:

    The interesting thing to me is that you have the option of easing Nova into the postseason in a game where 5 innings amounts to 7.

  197. Urban says:

    Uh, oh. Sounds like CC is now not going until Monday. That’s only one start to CC with the other replaced by AJ.

    The advantage now swings to the Tigers.

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