Game 2012 Playoffs.6: Tigers at Yankees

4 wins away from the WS. 8 wins away from a championship.

A few weeks ago, I asked everyone how far would the Tigers have to advance in the playoffs for you to want to bring Leyland back? I said I’d be happy if he went deep into the ALCS, and it looks like there’s a good chance that happens…what was your response? Be honest now.

Honestly, I like our chances in this series. Our starting pitching has been remarkable since early September. The four starters posted a sub 1.50 ERA in the ALDS. Yes, it was against the Oakland Athletics, a team that batted .238 with a .714 OPS during the regular season. But that explains a 3.25 or 2.75 ERA, not 1.50. Fister, Sanchez, Verlander and Fister vs. Pettitte, Kuroda, Sabathia and Hughes.

And as bad at the Tigers bats seemed against the As (I can’t remember more than 5 RBIs on hits), they were actually the best offense of the 4 ALDS teams. Cabrera, who has reached base in all 16 of his post-season games with the Tigers, won’t be shut down like that again. Once he gets going, the rest of the guys will too.

Now, the bullpen is an issue. Or the back of the bullpen is an issue. I think that Leyland will go with Benoit and Valverde until they each blow another one, and then I think he’ll stick with them in their designated innings, but with Dotel looking over their shoulder. Not what I want him to do, but that’s what I think he’ll do.

Would you classify Tigers/Yankees as a rivalry? I certainly wouldn’t, but 3 playoff match-ups in 7 years isn’t bad. Pretty legit that the Tigers have been to the ALCS 3 times in the last 7 years, which speaks to the talents of Verlander and Santiago. Actually, since 2006, only the Yankees and Tigers have made 3 ALCS appearances. Selective sampling, I know, but perhaps Dombrowski and Leyland deserve more credit than we give them.

On to tonight’s game – 8pm Eastern on TBS. Fister v. Pettitte.

Andy Pettitte came out of hiding in May (I guess Clemens finally accepted the retraction) to pitch phenomenally, if only on a limited basis, for the Yankees this year. Pettitte started 12 games and finished with a 5-4 record, a 2.87 ERA, and a 1.14 WHIP. That said, he had pretty significant R/L splits, with righties posting a .245 ERA and .681 OPS against .202 and .516 for lefties. In terms of playoff experience, Andy Pettitte is a triple secret black belt. He’s amassed well over a season’s worth of innings, 270, and has an impressive 19-11 postseason record with a 3.83 ERA. Fister has 24 career postseason IPs, and a 2-1 record and 4.13 ERA.

Fister followed up a marvelous September (3-1, 2.34 ERA) with a good start in game 2 of the ALDS. Roughly a year ago he started game 5 of the ALDS in New York, and held the Yankees to 1 ER over 5 innings, earning a W. He may need to go a bit deeper tonight, but I don’t think that nerves will be a problem.

The Tigers were 4-6 against the evil empire this year, 3-4 there, and 1-2 at Comerica. Cabrera (4-12, 2 HR), Peralta (6-16, 3) and Young (11-19) all mash against Pettitte.

A few notes:

- Roster stays the same for the ALCS. Still wondering why Santiago is on there. I guess it’s a 2006 thing.

- If you think that the baseball nation knows anything about baseball, then things are looking good for the Tigers. According to an ESPN poll, 61% of sportsnation thinks the Tigers will win, and the majority feel that the Tigers have the better hittiers and starting pitching.

- For those of you who are in to Fangraphs (like I am), here’s a nice long run down on the series.

- Due to an internal glitch, the Nationals sent their fans a WS pre-sale notice this morning, just hours after the most heartbreaking loss in franchise history. So you know when people say “well, it can’t get any worse than this?” They’re wrong.

Tonight’s Tone Setting Lineup:

1. Jackson, CF
2. Infante, 2B
3. Cabrera, 3B
4. Fielder, 1B
5. Young, DH
6. Peralta, SS
7. Dirks, LF
8. Garcia, RF (my pick to click)
9. Laird, C

185 Comments

  1. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Ok boys…here we go. Like last year and in 2006, get ready for the national media to go for the Yankees. If they lose, it won’t be a result of the Tiger’s play. Rather, some Yankee problem. So, let’s quietly go about our business and win this series. Enjoy….we all have earned it….Always a Tiger, OTFIM.

  2. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Does anyone else think that ALDS celebrations are a little silly?

    I remember what Dirk said at the trophy presentation after the Mavs beat OKC in 2011 to advance to the NBA Finals – “thanks, but I already have one of these.”

    • billfer

      October 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      I think typically they are. Especially if you’re a favorite or been there before. Like if the A’s had won and gone nuts, or the O’s, I think it’s probably more acceptable. Like the Tigers in 2006 against Murderer’s Row and Cano

      • Coleman

        October 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        Whoa! Billfer sighting! I hope you are all stocked up (or stalked up?) with rally celery.

        • billfer

          October 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

          Well played. I’m going with rally Pinot Noir tonight I think.

          • Coleman

            October 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

            Even better played, now I am getting thirsty (although if you are pairing with rally celery, I’d go with a white).

  3. Tom in Lakelanjd

    October 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Honestly? I am on record as supporting Leyland – even before the Central Division Championship and the ALDS victory. I hope that Jim is back next year. It would be inconvenient to get used to a new pretender/manager. And besides, Leyland is “the acknowledged gold standard when it comes to managers.” This from a knowledgable MLB TV commentator. Fellow DTW followers who have not supported Mr. Leyland this season, please feel free to jump on the Leyland Train/Band Wagon before it leaves the station. Space provided below.

    Go Tigers!!

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Man this is a tight zone tonight.

    • Tom in Lakelanjd

      October 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Let’s hope it’s tight for NY too, and not toaster-sized, as oft happens in Yankee Stadium.

  5. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Wow,what a play by both Peralta and Infante! Ump got the call right.

  6. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    That might have the play of the year by Peralta. And a break on the call.

    • Coleman

      October 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Wow, actually a great call.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      From what I could tell (DVR + pause), looked like the right call.

  7. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    That might have been easier if we had most other SS but then again we don’t….nice play Peralta

  8. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    A tight strike zone NEVER affects the Tiger hitters..only the opposition…its not like the Tigers are going to suddenly start taking pitches……just sayin

    • jud

      October 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Perfect example that inning Peralta and Dirks both out no where near the strike zone

    • StorminNorman

      October 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      good observation…DET hitters need to wake up the the strike zone Kellogg is calling. NY hitters are.

  9. tom in troy

    October 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Fister is out of synch — to state the painfully obvious.

  10. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Dudes…how about Jhonny on that one……yes!!!!

  11. TIGERS RULE

    October 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Fister doesn’t have it tonight + the offense is in hibernation mode = …………

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      A flare, an infield single and a tight strike zone. I don’t think this is all on Fister. He’ll be okay.

  12. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Definitely got a break there.

  13. StorminNorman

    October 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    the baseball Gods are being kind to Fister and DET tonight…so far…not advisable to pushing their luck.

    Peralta has been HUGE in the field thus far.

    • billfer

      October 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Have you seen the strike zone?

  14. tom in troy

    October 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    At least G. Laird is making him pitch. These one pitch outs by Detroit are maddening.

  15. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Jhonny “Ghold Glove” Peralta has apparently been saving it all year…he is in playoff form now.

  16. tom in troy

    October 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Nice DP. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  17. billfer

    October 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Someone should remind Delmon he’s in a contract year and that having a clue at the plate when you’re a designated hitter might be helpful.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      One of these days a ball will bounce off of the dirt and hit his bat.

    • Coleman

      October 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      I think he misunderstood the job as “designated swinger.”

  18. tom in troy

    October 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Fister looks a little out of synch, as I mentioned earlier, but perhaps it just seems that way because we still have memories of JV’s masterpiece dancing through out heads. We will not see another pitcher have such dominant control over the strike zone in a long time. That was just special. And the fact is, Fister is holding his own so far, too. It’s our offense that has yet to make it to the ball park. But I am confident it will …

  19. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Um, memo to Lamont, Jackson is fast.

  20. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Jackson a Yankee Stadium bounce….come on Prince

  21. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Atta Prince!!!!

  22. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    And Delmons liner off the clouds…yes!

  23. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    AJax is the spark plug for this engine.

    Not crazy about Cabrera’s gamble there, but I love how he committed and took home.

  24. StorminNorman

    October 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    GREAT AB by Peralta…drawing that BB

  25. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    4 balls there.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Make that 5.

      That’s okay, I’ll take 2 runs. Come on Fister.

  26. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    DIRKS Garcia terrible at bats…but we will take the 2 Spot!!

  27. billfer

    October 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Cosentino Pinor Noir got us 2 runs as the bottle died a hero. On to Sonoma Cutrer from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County.

    • Coleman

      October 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      The Rally Pinot really worked tonight (Meiomi).

  28. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Let the real game begin…………..

  29. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Goodness Infante. Here come 2 runs right back.

  30. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    This strike zone is a moving target.

  31. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    A-Rod, the secret Tiger postseason weapon.

  32. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Come on Fister…

  33. PHToy in HK

    October 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Wow, that was huge!

  34. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    FISTER….hell ya!!!!!

  35. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I almost just got really excited there, then I was hit with a realization that 2 innings of Benoit and Valverde lay ahead.

    • StorminNorman

      October 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      i’m with you on that one brother

  36. StorminNorman

    October 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    unFREAKIN believable!

    and as elated as i am by Fister’s clutch pitching performance, he’s up to 96 pitches and why am i feeling ‘fear’ (valverde)?

    • Coleman

      October 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Um, because 2 BP relievers with the short RF porch will do that to you. Still, huge inning, and nobody is happier than Omar Infante.

  37. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Fist Full of Ks. Fister is a Gamer.

  38. StorminNorman

    October 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    A’s fans > Yankee fans

    i mean c’mon, booing three guys in game 1 of an ALCS?!

    • Coleman

      October 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Agreed, A-Rod I get, who boos Granderson there though?

  39. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    This 2-0 in the 7th look real familiar???

  40. StorminNorman

    October 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    WHY!!!

  41. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Now let the real game begin!! ….what are the chances?

  42. StorminNorman

    October 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    NYY have to appreciate JL’s pitching change

  43. Snydes

    October 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    8 outs. C’mon pen.

  44. StorminNorman

    October 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Fister just punches out Jeter…then Ichiro (he didn’t check that swing), and he’s got a great rythm going…i don’t get the Coke move

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      I’m okay with it, Fister was at 100+, L/L matchup.

  45. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    That stat they just showed – wow. In the 10 games between the teams this season, Yankees scored 24 runs in the 7th on, Tigers scored 10.

  46. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Way to win that battle Coke!

  47. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Great play by Laird there. I think that Coke really wanted to pick that ball up.

  48. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Coke……yes!!! Saving it for the playoffs….

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      October 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      First round of the bullpen gets and A+

  49. Snydes

    October 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Way to go Delmon! Huge run there.

  50. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    DY!!

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      All time Post Season HR leader for the Tigers.

  51. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Lowe bounced that first pitch. But Delmon didn’t bite…..BOMB follows

  52. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Swing early is a definite thing in Detroit.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      See what happens when you take a few pitches!

  53. Snydes

    October 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Miggy Jr!!!

  54. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Atta boy….rookie…again !!!

  55. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Lets use the 8th inning guy with Al Al and Dotel ready

  56. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    COKE…..FRICKIN..Excellent!!!

  57. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Bravo Coke.

  58. billfer

    October 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Coke was terrific tonight. No other way to put it.

  59. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    A Benoit special….OMG …..Jackson

  60. Snydes

    October 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Good grief. AJ saves Benoit again.

  61. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Should have been caught, but Benoit is getting HAMMERED.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Let me rephrase that – “could have been caught…”

  62. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    That’s a perfect inning for Benoit…..piece of cake!

  63. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Long-Ball Benoit at it again. Leyland can NOT keep going to him as The 8th Inning Guy.

    • PHToy in HK

      October 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      … but most likely will…

      • Coleman

        October 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm

        Yeah.

  64. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    We need four for insurance here

  65. Snydes

    October 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Is team failure to successfully execute the sac bunt tracked anywhere? We have to be last…

  66. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Gotta love Jeter having a little fun with Jackson there.

  67. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Did they pitch Miggy. even one strike today?? Just wondering

  68. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    CRapada sighting.

  69. tom in troy

    October 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Here comes the big Cheese.

  70. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Let the real game begin……AGAIN

  71. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Strike 4 for out 1

  72. tom in troy

    October 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Like clock work. You can count on it. Predictable and all the other applicable cliches.

  73. PHToy in HK

    October 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    At least letting Martin take 2nd didn’t matter…

  74. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Valverde’s coming out if Cano gets on.

  75. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Remember to breathe…boys

  76. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    VERY hittable pitch. You simply can’t use Valverde in close situations anymore. He’s only got 1 pitch, and it’s not that good.

  77. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Ridiculous.

    • PHToy in HK

      October 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Absolutely ridiculos

  78. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Fire Leyland

  79. Vince in MN

    October 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Exhibit No. 1 in why Leyland has to go.

  80. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Oh now take him out…brilliant…fire Leyland again

  81. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    No team can make the World Series with a blowpen. Leyland knew he had one, and could not adjust. He just could not pull the trigger.

    • Florian

      October 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      But that’s baseball.

  82. Coleman

    October 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Imagine what it must feel like to be a Tiger starter. Pitching shutout ball gives you maybe a 50/50 chance at a W.

  83. tom in troy

    October 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I like JL but man, that just didn’t have to happen. This isn’t April. It’s the GD ALCS! After the 1st HR, it was over. Just over.

  84. Kevin in Dallas

    October 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    We can win this guys. Let’s go Tigers.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      October 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      3rd extra innings for Yankee pen,

  85. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    A rule of Leylands is never let the best player of the other team beat you…..and it happened in oakland and the hottest player again tonight…..

  86. tom in troy

    October 13, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Tigers can still win it. They at least managed to burn through the Yankees bull pen.

    • Vince in MN

      October 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      While Leyland proceeds to burn through ours.

    • Brenden

      October 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Yeah, and then did crap against it in the 10th…

  87. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    One thing for sure if the blow pen continues this is over in 4…we wont have to worry about how good the starter did…they don’t go nine you lose

  88. stephen

    October 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    It is truly difficult to get all four of your fat guys to play well at the same time. One of them is always going to gout the bed.

  89. jud

    October 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    One thing for sure if the blow pen continues this is over in 4…we wont have to worry about how good the starter did…they don’t go nine you loseevery game

  90. Tonya Bowers

    October 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Every commentator I have read over the last couple of days have said don’t put in Valverde again. I love Leyland, but that was just stubborn bs!

    • Coleman

      October 14, 2012 at 12:20 am

      I don’t think it was that stubborn to put him in. But to LEAVE him in? Yeah, I’m with you on that.

      • Jeff Molby

        October 14, 2012 at 1:18 am

        I usually come off as a shill for Leyland around this crowd, but I wouldn’t have left him in either. I was really surprised to see Valverde pitch to the tying run.

        On the plus side, I don’t think it will ever happen again. Leyland is extremely loyal because he understands that you can cause major morale problems if you give up on a guy too quickly, but he doesn’t stick with a guy forever. He shortened Valverde’s leash by warming up Dotel almost immediately. Next time, the leash will be even shorter. If the problems continue, Valverde will be confined to the doghouse and not a single guy on the roster (including Valverde) will argue the decision.

  91. J Lo

    October 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I am a diehard Phillies’ fan pulling for the Tigers. I can’t believe Leyland allowed that Little League pitcher stay in the game when he had nothing from the outset. I have no skin in the game, but I am tired of teams ie Reds, Nats & Orioles blowing games against retreads. It looks like Leyland and Valverde will be improving their handicaps in the off season. Play to win and not to lose. Please leave this game in the hands of real professionals. Good Luck Tigers.

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 14, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Good stuff. Thanks for stopping by.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        October 14, 2012 at 12:07 am

        BTW – are you free to manage a major league baseball club, potentially over the next few weeks?

        • J Lo

          October 14, 2012 at 12:14 am

          Thanks Kevin. I’ve been out of baseball for several years now, but still recognize when a pitcher has nothing and when it is time to yank him. Per your comment, I’ve been approached several times to manage. I wouldn’t have a stomach left if I did.

          • J Lo

            October 14, 2012 at 12:17 am

            Oh, sorry about the Rangers. They had it all and I thought they would do it. Where was Josh? I saw Ron Washington working on his golf game. I am ready to take it over for the great state of Texas.

            • Kevin in Dallas

              October 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

              I think the team was really sick of Hamilton’s antics. Notice how no one came to his defense during Red Bull gate. Brought the clubhouse down. Their farm system is stocked, they’ll be good for a long time.

        • travisfrymanfan

          October 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

  92. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 12:08 am

    lets get one here!!!!

  93. Snydes

    October 14, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Why Smyly and not Porcello or Al-Al?

    • Snydes

      October 14, 2012 at 12:22 am

      Nevermind – didn’t realize it was Ichiro up next…

  94. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Gee did Al Al make the team?

  95. Chris

    October 14, 2012 at 12:29 am

    (deleted)

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

      deleting this comment. Let’s be civil here.

  96. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 14, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Ok…it has been 2 innings and our blood pressure meds have kciked in. Come on money players…let’s get about three runs!

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      October 14, 2012 at 12:37 am

      I have a Formula One race to watch in one hour…come on boys!

  97. Snydes

    October 14, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Wow – way to step up Smyly. We really need to get a run here – feels like we’re hanging on to this by a thread…

  98. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Great job Smily….this kind on has to help the Tigers wear out the Yankees pitching…it doesn’t matter if the blow pen is rested enough…lets go 18

  99. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 12:44 am

    YEssssssssss

  100. tom in troy

    October 14, 2012 at 12:44 am

    YES! D. Young.

  101. Snydes

    October 14, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Yes!!! The middle of the order produces. Now do we see the new closer in the bot of the 12th?

  102. J Lo

    October 14, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Yay Tigers. Way to go. Leyland better keep Smyly in the game. He is sharp.

  103. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 14, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Sorry to see that as Jeter is a class guy.

    • Snydes

      October 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

      No kidding. Why couldn’t that have happened to A-Rod earlier?

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

      +1

      • Jim Eggers

        October 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

        +2

    • J Lo

      October 14, 2012 at 12:50 am

      True. He is the only player I like on the Yankees.

  104. Kevin in Dallas

    October 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I think you leave Smyly in with the lefties/switch hitters coming up. Go to Al Al if Smyly gets into trouble.

    • J Lo

      October 14, 2012 at 1:01 am

      Sweet. You go Smyly. Go Tigers!

  105. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Got Al Al yet to gp

  106. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Dirks..keep scoring…u have them down

  107. tom in troy

    October 14, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Keep it coming Tigers. You deserve the win.

  108. Coleman

    October 14, 2012 at 12:51 am

    No nail is put in quite like a Don Kelly nail.

  109. Kevin in Dallas

    October 14, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I gotta say, Avila looks much more comfortable at the plate in the playoffs than he did during the season.

    • Coleman

      October 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Avila, Peralta, and Coke: playoff form!

  110. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Can we hold them please…………….

  111. Coleman

    October 14, 2012 at 12:56 am

    If only the rules of baseball allowed us to bring out Valverde for another try this inning (ducks bottles, tomatoes, eggs, and various unidentifiable objects).

  112. Kevin in Dallas

    October 14, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Verlander must have dipped a whole can tonight.

  113. Kevin in Dallas

    October 14, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Smyly is DEALING.

    • J Lo

      October 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

      We are smiling with Smyly. Great job!

  114. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Smily¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…oh hell ya!!!!!!!!!……nothing has been east this year boys!

  115. Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

    October 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Do you think the outcome would have been different if the Yankee crowd had the excitment of an Oakland crowd? Good win Boys! Sorry to see the rollercoaster!

  116. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Are the Lions on yet????

  117. Florian

    October 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

    GAme 1 audition for closer: Valverde 0, Smyly 1. Could we retrain Smyly as a closer? I sure like his unpretentious behaviour, he just goes down to do business. Not that smooth business sometimes, but still – better than showboating around.

  118. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Maybe this is a team of destiny……..and everyone kind of contributes again……

  119. Snydes

    October 14, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Boras’ job for next off-season sure got a lot more difficult tonight…

  120. Jim Eggers

    October 14, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Nothing finer than a comeback xtra inning W against the Suckees! And now it’s time for Horse Racing in Kyoto (kiss my $$$ sayonara!)

  121. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 1:10 am

    There’s plenty of bullpen without using Benblow and Valblow…..use everyone else they all did fine including Coke

  122. Kevin in Dallas

    October 14, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Made a victory drink in the bottom of the 9th, didn’t start on it after the leadoff single.

    Tastes amazing now.

  123. jud

    October 14, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Jeter broken ankle

  124. Kevin in Dallas

    October 14, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Could we have won a game and replaced Valverde as closer at the same time?

    I don’t think we go to a closer, everything is situational.

  125. Coleman

    October 14, 2012 at 1:15 am

    That is really disappointing about Jeter.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      October 14, 2012 at 1:19 am

      Agree…I rather beat the Yankees at full steam. Jeter is too good of a guy for this to happen to him. He quietly goes about his business with no drama. Speed recovery wishes.

      • T Smith

        October 14, 2012 at 1:24 am

        +1

  126. Chris

    October 14, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Yankees are toast. Valverde tried to give them this game at home yet the lost anyway. Good job Smyly. Way to step up… Closer by committee? I think there’s no way Valverde should ever pitch again

    • Kevin in Dallas

      October 14, 2012 at 1:33 am

      I would love that. Watching MLB network to see if Leyland answers that question during post-game interviews. I mean, he has to, right?

      Eckersley said on TBS that he wouldn’t change Benoit/Valverde. Too late.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        October 14, 2012 at 1:37 am

        Mitch Williams said closer by committee. Also gave a great demonstration on how you have to change your splitter grip in cold weather. Though he didn’t give any advice on how to stop throwing 92 MPH fastballs down the middle of the plate.

  127. Tom in Lakelanjd

    October 14, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Jeter – the best.

    Go Tigers.

  128. Kevin in Dallas

    October 14, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Apparently Leyland said that he’s going to have a meeting with his staff first, then he’ll make a decision on Big Potato.

  129. Kevin in Dallas

    October 14, 2012 at 2:07 am

    This is primarily for stephen – the error has been fixed, but I think you’ll get the idea. http://deadspin.com/5947034/th.....f-all-time

  130. Jim Eggers

    October 14, 2012 at 2:10 am

    IMHO, only thing DJ ever did wrong was breaking up with Minka Kelly..wish him a quick recovery, and we will see him next year

  131. sky

    October 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Does anyone remember that Valverde also blew at least two of what should have been wins 18 and 19 for the other JV? Including the season opener!

    Sun rises in the east, sky is blue, there is great weather in Hawaii, and Valverde blows a save. All part of the natural order of the universe.

  132. StorminNorman$

    October 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Last night’s game seemed more like a Twilight Zone episode than a playoff game. I don’t recall seeing that much drama and weird stuff packed into one playoff game…ever! Who ever said ‘baseball is a boring sport’, needs to watch that game. About the most predictable thing about the game was the whole Valverde-thing (for many Tiger fans anyway).

    The so-called “b-ball Gods” must have had a field day messing with both team’s (and fans) emotions. Even today, it still seems like a weird dream.

    Bummer about Jeter; no fan likes to see any injuries at this stage, even to the ‘other team’…and if a DET fan “had to choose” one player to succumb to a season-ending injury, i doubt anybody would select Jeter…hell, it wouldn’t even be a Yankee, but rather a certain portly reliever.

    • Only Tiger Fan in Mississippi

      October 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Yeah, strange game as even Bilfer weighed in!