The end of the regular season was absolutely fantastic, but the Yankees won't let their recent losses affect their play against the Tigers.
Both teams are very similar to one another, which makes for a great series. With that said, let's take a look at some specifics of this ALDS showdown.
Game 1: Friday Sept. 30, 8:37 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday Oct. 1
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 3
Game 4, if needed: Tuesday Oct. 4,
Game 5, if needed: Thursday, Oct. 6
Games 1 and 2 are in New York.
Games 3 and 4 are in Detroit.
Game 5 is back in New York.
All games are on TBS or online at MLB.com (you must pay for this subscription however).
Game 1: Justin Verlander vs. C.C. Sabathia
Game 2: Doug Fister vs. Ivan Nova
Game 3: Max Scherzer vs. TBD
Game 4: Rick Porcello vs. TBD
Game 5: Justin Verlander vs. TBD
Verlander has been outstanding for the Tigers all season long, and he is the main reason the Tigers won the AL Central for the first time in franchise history. The Tigers hope they don't have to pitch him twice in this series, but if they need to then they will.
The Yankees haven't had stellar pitching this year, which is why Sabathia has to dominate in Game 1 to gain the momentum in this series.
Alex Rodriguez and Jesus Montero are listed as questionable for Game 1. They should be able to contribute in this series, but if they're lost for the the first game, the Yankees will look to others to step up in their absence.
The Tigers don't have any recent injuries, but they will be without some key players for the postseason. Relief pitcher Joel Zumaya is out for the year, as well as left fielder Brennan Boesch.
Tigers Player to Watch
Justin Verlander is pitching in Game 1, and he was been magnificent for the Tigers this year, even being considered for the MVP award. Verlander is very valuable to Detroit, and for the Tigers to have a strong chance in this series, they need him to own the Yankees on Friday night.
Verlander has yet to beat the Yankees this year, and in both games he pitched against them earlier in the season, he gave up three runs in each. He'll need his teammates to give him crucial run support for Game 1.
Yankees Player to Watch
Of course, everyone will be watching to see if Derek Jeter continues his postseason success and whether or not Alex Rodriguez will show up, but another Yankee to keep an eye on is Curtis Granderson. The center fielder has taken his game to a new level this season, and he led the Yankees home runs and RBI this season. His 41 home runs were good enough for second in the AL.
Granderson had a decent postseason with the Yankees a year ago, but now that he's playing out of his mind, will he continue to have success? New York desperately needs him to be on his best.
The Tigers won the AL Central for the first time in franchise history, and now they must take on the powerhouse Yankees. For a city with not much success in sports, Detroit really needs to shine against New York.
The big question is will the Tigers win games when Verlander isn't pitching?
Both teams have great power hitters, but because the Tigers really only have Verlander and Miguel Cabrera to rely on, it will be tough for them to win this series.
The Yankees will drop the first game against Verlander, but they will rebound to prevent everyone from freaking out.
New York wins 3-1