Detroit Tigers

2011 MLB Playoff Schedule: Yankees vs. Tigers Will Provide Great Drama

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the New York Yankees on 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 Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 1, 2011

The Major League Baseball postseason is one of the most exciting postseasons in professional sports.

Drama and games going late into the night keep fans on the edge of their seat.

This postseason will not provide a better series than the New York Yankees versus the Detroit Tigers.

This is for one reason: simply put, Justin Verlander versus the Yankees bats.

Verlander is having a great season. As a 24-game winner, he dominated many teams with his unbelievable pitching.

The Yankees, on the other hand, are a team built around power. Up and down their lineup, every player has the potential to go deep.

Verlander will face his toughest test of the season when facing the Yankee bats.

Verlander will not pitch until Game 3, as the pitching duel between him and CC Sabathia, two of the best pitchers in the game, was rained out in Game 1. Now the Yankees and Tigers will have to turn to their No. 2 and No. 3 starters to keep them afloat.

This builds up the drama even more.

When Verlander takes the mound, anything could happen.

Now, he could be in a must-win game. This would leave the Tigers ace pitching for his team’s life.

The scenario could also be the opposite. It might be a must-win game because it will clinch the series for the Tigers.

His start in Game 3 could also be the breaking of the deadlock.

No matter how anyone spins it, he is the heart of the team pitching in the heart of the series. It has a very poetic element to it.

The Yankees and Tigers series is one that will be a hard-fought battle, but the Tigers hopes rest on the right arm of Justin Verlander.

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