The start of Game 1 was a mess, and then it ended badly. Gene Lamont did what Gene Lamont does. Fister pitched well but for a couple of bad pitches, but those gave the Yankees enough runs to win the game. The Alburquerque magic failed, and, after facing 182 career batters, he gave up his first ever home run in grand slam style (Beck details how rare it was for Al to throw a hanging slider).
On the bright side, it is a day game, and Brad Penny is not on the mound.
On the bright side, the Yankees took Game 1 from the Tigers the last time they met in the postseason too, and look what happened.
On the bright side, regardless of what happens today, the Tigers have Justin Verlander ready to take the mound Monday.
This afternoon Max Scherzer will try to bring the Tigers back into the win column against a reanimated Freddy Garcia, who finished the season 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA. Back in the day, Freddy Garcia was so effective during day game starts that Alan Trammell nicknamed him “Day Game Freddy.”
Game 2 tends to be a key game for the Yankees in the postseason–in the last 8 postseason series the Yankees have been in, the Game 2 winner has gone on to take the series. Go Max! Your mission: don’t throw anything hittable to that Cano guy.
Player of the Pre-Game: Victor Martinez had a nice 12-pitch AB against Nova last night. That kind of patience and selection will go a long way against Freddy Garcia.
Today’s Return-of-Ramon Lineup: