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Tigers announce ALCS rotation, open with Doug Fister

Oct 12, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT

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Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced his ALCS rotation with Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez getting the ball in the first two games in New York this weekend.

Justin Verlander is scheduled to pitch Game 3 and a potential Game 7. Max Scherzer will be held back until Game 4, meaning he’ll get just one start against the Yankees.

A healthy Scherzer would have almost certainly been the Tigers’ No. 2 starter in the postseason after he went 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA and a 110/27 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings after the All-Star break, but he missed a start in the next-to-last week of the regular season with a sore shoulder and also hurt his ankle. As a result, he was held back until Game 4 of the ALDS. He allowed just an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings and struck out eight in the contest, which the Tigers lost in the bottom of the ninth.

The Tigers aren’t in bad shape with Sanchez going in Game 2 instead. He had a 2.43 ERA in six starts in September, and while he lost his ALDS start, he gave up only two runs in 6 1/3 innings versus the A’s. It is worth noting that he was lit up by the Yankees in his one start against them this season, surrendering seven runs in three innings.

Plus, the Tigers are in much better position for the series thanks to their day off Friday, allowing them to use all four of their starters on regular rest. The Yankees are faced with potentially going with Hiroki Kuroda on short rest or pitching David Phelps in Game 2. Also, they’ll have to use CC Sabathia on three days’ rest at some point in order to get two starts out of him.

  1. lazlosother - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Yah. It would have been better for NY if they had been able to score yesterday. Wasted innings and arms on a pathetic offensive effort. They put themselves in this position and they’ll just have to work with it.

    • bigharold - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:47 AM

      They’ve been doing the “.. just have to work with it.” thing for most of August and all of September and this far into October. Just ask the O’s. And, I think the O’s were their toughest best matched opponent.

      The Yankees have enough talent to win the WS, .. at least as compared to the other teams left in the playoffs since no team is a lock, .. all they need do is execute. Just like every other team left.

      I like their odds.

  2. thatyankeedude - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Good news is CC is used to pitching on short rest so he should be fine. I respect the heck outta that guy because he is willing to give everything he has for his team.

    • nflfollower - Oct 13, 2012 at 3:01 AM

      I respect the heck outta CC as a pitcher as well, he will take the ball on short rest, never complain, never make excuses, but we have seen it enough times to know short rest does affect these pitchers, even if its a guy like verlander or sabathia.

  3. legacybroken - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Tigers starting pitchers outside of Sanchez have had the Yankee’s number recenly. Fister and Max both punched them in the mouth in last years postseason and Verlander destroyed them this season.

    • polegojim - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Maybe… but as soon as they get to Benoit and Valverde… it’s a totally different story.

      Those two guys make farm club hitters smile. IT WAS THE SAME LAST TIME!

      Detroit bats need to be active early and not give the Yanks any hope.

      Let’s hope Granderson and A-Rod keep up their…. um…. good work.

      Go TIGERS!

      • polegojim - Oct 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        7.5 AND 6.0 era – and that’s with the A’s batting UNDER .200 for the series.

        After the starters, Detroit relief pitching… is NO RELIEF… it’s a disaster.

        Pardon me while I puke.

  4. forward717 - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Not trying to complain, but being that both teams had to go 5 games to win their respective Division Series, it is unfair that only one of those teams gets a day off in between. Horrible scheduling IMO.

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