Sunday, October 2, 2011

ALDS Game 2: Tigers at Yankees

US Presswire photo
Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Co. trounced the Tigers in Game 1 last night.
So much for the idea that the Tigers would most benefit from Friday night's rainout in the Bronx because of their deeper rotation. While Yankees starter Ivan Nova dominated last night in the resumption of Game 1, Doug Fister was shellacked by New York's potent lineup, leading to a 9-3 pounding and a 1-0 series lead.

Now, with word from Joe Girardi that CC Sabathia will come back to start Game 3 tomorrow in Detroit, it's the Tigers who are feeling pressure to do something today in Game 2 and ensure the series is tied back up. (FYI: Justin Verlander also will come back tomorrow.) Jim Leyland will send Max Scherzer to the mound today, hoping the young right-hander can harness his stuff and shut down the Yankees. Scherzer struggled down the stretch, posting a 6.32 ERA over his last three starts.

Freddy Garcia, meanwhile, gets the nod for New York, and he too labored to record outs late this season. In four September starts, his ERA was a hefty 7.36.

Where: Yankee Stadium
Gametime: 3:07 p.m.
Radio: XM 178
Weather: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 9 mph RF to LF
CF Austin Jackson
RF Magglio Ordonez
LF Delmon Young
1B Miguel Cabrera
DH Victor Martinez
C Alex Avila
SS Jhonny Peralta
3B Wilson Betemit
2B Ramon Santiago
(P Max Scherzer)

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
2B Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
DH Jorge Posada
C Russell Martin
LF Brett Gardner
(P Freddy Garcia)


natsfan1a said...

Let's go, Tigers! (clap-clap clap-clap-clap)

natsfan1a said...

And was Austin Jackson ever known as "Action Jackson"? Just curious.

baseballswami said...

Debating on whether or not I can stomach watching the Yankees. OTOH - it is baseball and I am hopeful that the Tigers can beat them today. Yanks definitely dodged a bullet not having to face Verlander for a whole game. 2 more games today - have you noticed how much easier it is to watch other people's teams? My heart rate barely rises, even when bases are loaded. With the Nats I am up and down on every pitch.

natsfan1a said...

True, swami. It's easier when I don't much care about the teams in question.

MicheleS said...

In previous post you mentioned new article on FP and Carp.
Can you put in the link?

Dawn said...

Being a Tigers/Nationals fan, my stress level has been on a roller-coaster all year. Have World Series tickets hanging in the balance, cross your fingers for me. Well, can't imagine there are too many of you that would be rooting for the Bombers anyway. Was at WS Game 2 in 06'(my 50th birthday present) only game the Tigers won (pinetar incident and all), awesome!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Side note for those of us with ADD....Rex Grossman = Doug Slaten

Mark'd said...

NatsJack, yes both are loogies!

sjm308 said...


I am so with you on the Yankees but it is extremely sweet 1. when they lose
2. when they lose at home
3. When they get eliminated
One huge payroll didn't even make the playoffs, now we need the 200 million payroll to fold.

Go Tigers! Go anyone playing the Yankees

Anonymous said...

Wow - the Markmeister is posting like crazy - new post for the next game.

FS - can breathe normal again said...

WOW talk about a lucky break for Yanks in bottom of the ninth. Avila slipped in foul territory and Jose followed that with Grandy's walk. Good thing Cano just grounded out to 2nd, otherwise we might have seen NY go up 2-0.

natsfan1a said...

MicheleS, here's an earlier Tracee Hamilton piece . I may have to dig some to find the other piece, which was in the dead-tree edition, on the site.

natsfan1a said...

That was a crazy game. I found it strangely compelling, perhaps because the Yanks were losing, but then there was the whole no-no aspect as well, as well as the skies opening whenever the home team rallied. Perhaps whenever the Yanks rally, it makes the baseball g*ds weep? :-)

natsfan1a said...

Oh, and fingers crossed for you, Dawn. I remember that game, and the pine tar incident (I rooted for the Tigers that postseason, too).

natsfan1a said...

Okay, here's a link to a PDF of the other Santangelo piece on the Post site.

Dawn said...

Thanks natsfan1a; One down (Papa Grande likes suspense), back to MoTown with Verlander on the mound. On another note thanks for the link regarding F.P., he's a keeper.

natsfan1a said...

You're welcome, Dawn!

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