The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees opened up the American League Championship Series with a dramatic extra-innings contest that ended 6-4 in favor of Detroit.
The Yankees now have to fight back, and they will have to do so without Derek Jeter, who broke his ankle in Game 1 and will not play again this season. Without one of the most reliable players in baseball history, the Yankees certainly face an uphill battle.
But there is no shortage of potent hitters in New York’s lineup, and Detroit will still need to play extremely well in order to play in the World Series.
Here is the schedule for the remaining games, via ESPN.
|2||October 14||4 p.m.||New York||TBS|
|3||October 16||8 p.m.||Detroit||TBS|
|4||October 17||8 p.m.||Detroit||TBS|
|5||October 18||4 p.m.||Detroit||TBS|
|6||October 20||8 p.m.||New York||TBS|
|7||October 21||8 p.m.||New York||TBS|
Game-by-Game Pitching Matchups
Game 2: Anibal Sanchez vs. Hiroki Kuroda
Sanchez has a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts for the Miami Marlins and the Tigers this season. In his lone start in the postseason, the 28-year-old allowed five hits and two runs in 6.1 innings of work. The Tigers will happily take another performance like that from Sanchez.
Kuroda had the lowest ERA of any pitcher on the Yankees staff who started 20 or more games during the regular season. He has continued to play well in the postseason, also allowing five hits and two runs, but across 8.1 innings. The Yankees also would not complain if Kuroda put up a similar game.
Game 3: Phil Hughes vs. Justin Verlander
Hughes will need to be flawless in this game because his counterpart is the best pitcher in baseball. Hughes went 16-13 in the regular season with a 4.23 ERA while allowing four hits and a run in 6.2 innings during his only postseason performance.
Verlander is a Cy Young candidate once again, and he has remained at the top of his game in the postseason. He pitched a complete-game shutout is his first game and allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings the next time on the mound.
Game 4: C.C. Sabathia vs. Max Scherzer
Sabathia's season has not been as phenomenal as Verlander's, but he has still been sensational in the postseason. In his two starts, he has pitched 17.2 innings, allowing just three runs. The Yankees won both games in which he was on the mound.
Scherzer must turn in several excellent innings in this matchup, as the Tigers will struggle to score against Sabathia. He pitched 5.1 innings in his only playoff game and allowed three hits and one run.
Game 5: Andy Pettite vs. Doug Fister
In a rematch of Game 1, these two pitchers will try to largely do what they did the first time they faced each other. Pettite allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings of work.
Fister faced several threatening situations throughout his performance, but was able to keep the Yankees scoreless during his 6.1 innings on the mound.
Game 6: Anibal Sanchez vs. Hiroki Kuroda
Game 2's pitchers will face off again in Game 6 after six days of rest. Kuroda once again gets to face Sanchez at Yankee Stadium.
These two have both provided their pitching staffs with depth, and they will be counted on for another consistent performance.
Game 7: Justin Verlander vs. C.C. Sabathia
If this series is pushed to seven games, baseball fans will be treated with an epic showdown between two of baseball's best pitchers.
Both hurlers often pitch all nine innings, and there would be no better way to decide the ALCS than letting Verlander and Sabathia battle for a spot in the World Series.