CC Sabathia, the Yankees' ace, failed to provide in the biggest moment of the season.
After the suspension of Game 1, Sabathia started Game 3 against eventual Cy Young winner Justin Verlander with the series tied at one. In 19 of 23 Division Series that entered Game 3 tied, the winner moved on to take the series.
The Yankees attacked Verlander early, handing their ace a 2-0 lead before he even took the mound. However, Sabathia wasn't zoned in from the start.
Blame it on the umpire if you want, but Sabathia walked four batters in the first two innings, using two double plays to escape unscathed.
In the third, Sabathia's luck began to fade as the Tigers tied the score on a series of hits. Again, though, Sabathia used a double play to prevent serious damage.
The Yankees' ace surrendered two more runs before Joe Girardi went to the bullpen with one out in the sixth. In 5.1 innings, Sabathia allowed four runs on seven hits and six walks—he's fortunate to have at least kept the Yankees within striking distance, but that's something you ask of A.J. Burnett, not your ace.
In Game 5, Girardi called on Sabathia for a relief appearance in the fifth, trailing 2-0. Sabathia promptly allowed a double before fanning Don Kelly and Delmon Young. Then, with two outs, Victor Martinez singled in a run.
The rest of the bullpen threw 5.2 innings and allowed three hits. The ace allowed two and a run. Sabathia's run ended up being the difference—the Yankees fell 3-2.