03 October 2011

2011 MLB Postseason: Who Has the Advantage in Game 3 of Yankees-Tigers?

It's been an interesting first two games in the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees. We've seen the first game needing two days to be completed as well as the travel day forced to hold game 2. The series is all knotted up at two games apiece as the scene shifts to Motown and both team's aces, Justin Verlander for Detroit, CC Sabathia for New York, will be on the hill. Who has the advantage?
It appears that the Tigers have seized the momentum in this series. Yes they are tied with the Yankees but they captured game 2, right before heading back to their home. That is critical because not only do they have the momentum of winning the previous game but they head home with that feeling. The Tigers got their bats cranking in game 2 when they needed them to, most notable Miguel Cabrera's two run homer in the first and his singling into Austin Jackson in sixth.
Without question Sabathia is one of the elite pitchers in baseball but with the way Verlander has pitched this year, I'd give him the slight advantage especially as he will be pitching in the pitcher friendly Comerica Field. Also note that Sabathia as a Yankee is 0-3 in Detroit with an ERA around 6.00.
Game 3 is always an important game in a best of five series and if Detroit takes it, they will have the chance to close out the series at home against the ever so inconsistent A.J. Burnett. Then again I'm not sure how confident they would be in probable game 4 starter Rick Porcello but that would be the ideal situation to be in. And in my opinion, they have the advantage right now.

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