Both the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers came out victorious in their respective ALDS Game 5’s and will now play a best-of-seven series to determine who goes home and who heads to the World Series.
The Yankees received an ace performance by CC Sabathia in a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, a complete-game nine-strikeout gem. Detroit also got a dominant start out of its No. 1, with Justin Verlander tossing a complete-game shutout (10 strikeouts) against the Oakland A’s.
Game 1 of the ALCS will feature one of the best postseason pitchers of all time, Andy Pettitte—who didn’t pitch against the Tigers all year long—and Detroit’s No. 2, Doug Fister, who was handed a no-decision against the Yankees in August and had solid starts in last year’s postseason.
Read on to see the five biggest matchups of Game 1 from what should be an electric atmosphere at Yankee Stadium.