It may not be the marquee pitching matchup of CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander, but Game 5 still has the pitching quality that should make for a closely fought elimination game and high drama down to the final out.
Ivan Nova of the New York Yankees and Doug Fister of the Detroit Tigers will head to the mound Thursday evening in hopes of extending their team's season by at least another four games, while sending their competitor home for the winter with only disappointment to dwell on until the first pitch of spring training 2012.
The game will be sort of a repeat of the Game 1 matchup. Although he did record the win, Nova actually pitched in relief of CC Sabathia, going 6.1 innings in the win.
Fister tossed 4.2 innings in relief of Justin Verlander's one inning of work a day earlier in the rain-delayed game.
This time both pitchers will get the ball from the start of the game and duel it out as they look to pitch their teams into the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers.