If the American League playoff seedings hold in place over the next three days, the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees will face each other for the second consecutive postseason in the AL Division Series.
As of Oct. 1, there's still enough wiggle room among the five likely AL playoff teams (along with the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels still having a sliver of a chance) that the final playoff seedings haven't been determined.
But if the Texas Rangers win the top seed in the AL, they will play the winner of the wild-card playoff. That leaves the Tigers and Yankees for the other ALDS matchup. Last year, Detroit beat the Yankees in five games thanks in large part to surprising home runs from Don Kelly and Delmon Young off Ivan Nova.
The Tigers likely won't face Nova this year, as he won't be in the Yankees' playoff rotation and might not even be on their ALDS roster. CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes will be familiar faces for Detroit hitters, but the Yankees will start two other pitchers the Tigers didn't see last year in Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte.
How will Detroit's lineup fare against those four pitchers, as well as the top relievers out of the Yankees bullpen? Let's look at how Tigers batters have performed against the Yankees' projected playoff starters, as well as their top relievers.