Tigers vs. Yankees: Yanks Catch Break With News of Game 1 Postponement

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Detroit Tigers during Game One of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on September 30, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Baseball fans were anticipating a classic Game 1 matchup between the AL East champion New York Yankees and the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers on Friday.

Instead, they got an inning-and-a-half of baseball in before the rain came.

Originally, it was thought that the game would resume after the first band of rain storms came through, but that was not to be. The rains continued, and the game was postponed until Saturday night. The game will resume at 8:37 p.m. EST.

I'm sure neither team was enthused by the decision to push the game back a day, but it does work to the advantage of the New York Yankees.

This postponement actually helps alleviate the Yankees' disadvantage in the starting rotation.

Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweeted about the adjusted rotations for the two teams:

"Leyland says Tigers will go with Fister Saturday, Scherzer Sunday, Verlander Monday... Verlander only once in this series."

That is where the advantage lies for the Yankees. They still have huge holes in their starting rotation, but any of their starters have at least a puncher's chance to compete with anyone but Justin Verlander.

Olney also tweeted about what the plans are for the Yankees' rotation:

Girardi says Sabathia won't start Sunday, and it looks like he will start only one game in this series. Nova Saturday, Garcia Sunday.

The matchups shake out well for the Yankees and this also puts Sabathia in a position to pitch the pivotal Game 3, which is a huge boon for them.

The Yankees still have an uphill battle ahead of them given their lack of depth in the starting rotation, but their path was made a little easier thanks to this postponement.

The biggest key for the Yankees was winning any games that Verlander didn't start, and those games have just gone up in number.