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Tigers finish off sweep of Yankees to advance to World Series

Oct 18, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

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We know one team who will still be alive next Wednesday.

Finishing off a thoroughly dominating performance, the Tigers topped the Yankees 8-1 at Comerica Park today to sweep the ALCS in four games and advance to the World Series.

CC Sabathia is a pretty good pitcher to have on your side facing elimination, but he just didn’t have it today. The big southpaw didn’t get much help from his defense, especially in the third inning, but he gave up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and two walks over just 3 2/3 innings. This included a pair of two-run homers by Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta in the bottom of the fourth inning. Not a good time for Sabathia’s shortest outing of the season.

While Sabathia struggled, Max Scherzer was dominant over his 5 2/3 innings of work. He didn’t allow a hit until the top of the sixth inning and struck out 10. The Tigers pounded out 16 hits on the day, just six less than the Yankees had for the entire series. Peralta socked a pair of homers while seven out of the nine hitters in Jim Leyland’s lineup had at least two hits.

The pathetic output from the Yankees’ lineup has naturally received much of the attention nationally, but the Tigers’ rotation deserves plenty of credit for shutting them down. Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez combined to allow just two runs over 27 1/3 innings during the series. That’s a 0.66 ERA.

While things got a little interesting in Game 1, this was one of the more dominating series victories you’ll see. The Tigers are the fifth team in MLB history to sweep a best-of-seven series while never trailing and the first to do it since the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series. This is the first time the Yankees have been swept in a seven-game series since the 1976 World Series against the Reds. They were swept in three games by the Royals in the 1980 ALCS.

The Tigers will have a little while to rest before Game 1 of the World Series next Wednesday night. They’ll start the series on the road and will meet either the Cardinals or the Giants.

  1. Ben - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Suck it, Yankees.

    /puerile

  2. chill1184 - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Thanksgiving Dinner, opening up Christmas presents as a child, graduating college, getting married, none of them compares to the joy to watching the arrogant Yankees being knocked out of the playoffs. The tears of sadness from their fans are delicious.

    • crankyfrankie - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      No to be disagreeable BUT Christmas, birth of daughter, Thanksgiving with the family, and watching my team win it all are all much better than Yankees losing.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Start spreading the news… Last night the Yankees fell asleep in Detroit City. Now they want to go home. They have to go home. Lord, the poor Yankees have to go home.

  4. sdelmonte - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Let’s be honest. Sweeps are not that exciting. And some would say the Tigers shouldn’t even be in the playoffs. And I really should feel the pain of millions of fellow New Yorkers who root for the Yanks instead of the Mets. And it’s not like my team will even make the playoffs any time soon.

    I should not gloat. No sir.

    Aw, who am I kidding?

    Congrats to the Tigers! And best of luck to A-Rod, Swisher, and all the others who will be someplace else next spring.

  5. husky2score - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Congrats Tigers! A-Rod still sucks!!

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Congrats Tigers and their fans. The Yankees had nothing and you capitalized. Congrats. Enjoy the World Series.

    Signed,
    A Yankee fan

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      Second verse, same as the first, I’m Henry….j/k. Congrats to the Tigers, you out played the Yanks in ever facet of the game. Good luck in the WS.

    • mazblast - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      That’s a classy thing to say. We don’t expect that from Yankee fans. Best of luck to you (if not your team).

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        That’s how some of us roll, I guess

  7. ncphilliesguy - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Is it better for your team to be mediocre to bad all year, and slowly tear your heart out (like my team)or to win your division in a hotly contested race, win a playoff series, get your hopes up, and then completely crap the bed? Not just lose, but look absolutely pitiful, with one of your players trying to pick up bikini models in the stands? I’m not sure.

    • chadjones27 - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Didn’t Mayberry ask his agent to contact the agent of a model to ask her out for him and it turned out she was married?

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/07/john-mayberry-jr-s-agents-are-trying-to-get-him-a-date/

    • mazblast - Oct 19, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      A-Rod hitting on girls in the stands reminds me of the bit about shower clogs in “Bull Durham”. If you’re winning, it’s fine, you’re being colorful; if you’re not, you’re weird, you’re not a team guy.

  8. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Wow! On to the World Series!
    Congratulations Tigers fans across America and the great state of Michigan!

  9. randygnyc - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Congrats to the tigers fans. I’m sorry, but I can’t root for your team in the series as long as delmon young plays on the team. Other than that, Verlander deserves a ring.

  10. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    watching mike illitch during the trophy presentation has a “weekend at bernies” vibe.

    hope the tigers can get him a WS ring.

    • maddog111 - Oct 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      I must say, he has a beautiful head of hair for a 120 year old man.

  11. drewzducks - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    CC seeya

  12. aceshigh11 - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

  13. necr0philia - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Good stuff Detroit. I’m not a fan of either team but I’m glad you guys won!! It’s funny you won and did not spend a Billion dollars on your roster. Humm, how did you do that?!!

    • paperlions - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      Well, the Tigers did have the 5th highest payroll in all of MLB and only had the 7th best record in the AL. Just goes to show….get in the playoffs and anything can happen. If the Cardinals make it to the WS, the two teams with the worst records to make the playoffs will be playing for the title.

  14. blacksables - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    How can anyone think the Tigers are the league champions?

    The Yankees played in a tougher division, had a better recored, have more potential, were better at the beginning of the year, and are much better sabermetrically?

    The Yankees are obviously the American League Champions.

    • blacksables - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      Oops, sorry, confused this with the MVP race.

      • paperlions - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:47 PM

        No, you didn’t you just don’t understand the difference between what happened in a short series and what happened during the 162 game season or the difference between total value contributed via hitting, base running and fielding and a statistical fluke (and possibly the difference between shit and Shinola, but I don’t have any evidence for that).

      • blacksables - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        Its the stuff on the stick stuck up your ass.

        Lighten up and learn how to have fun and enjoy life.

    • richwizl - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      Ya, just like the 9-6 NY Giants who beat the 16-0 Patriots on a fluke play.

  15. vincentbojackson - Oct 18, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    The World Series may well come down to the Tigers and Cardinals. Two teams that played their way into the postseason with a week to go in the season.

    It’s all about playing well late and getting on a roll. The Tigers have it rolling right now and will be tough to beat.

    • marinersnate - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      “The Tigers have it rolling right now and will be tough to beat.”

      True, but I still don’t like the Tigers’ bullpen. The rest of the team is hitting on all cylinders though.

      • mazblast - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        If your starting pitching is that dominant, the bullpen becomes less of an issue. Lots of teams have won with meh bullpens.

  16. bigleagues - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series

    Honestly, I’m far from being a Tigers fan, but I don’t think this kind of headline can get printed enough!

    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series
    Tigers finish off SWEEP of Yankees to advance to World Series

  17. mazblast - Oct 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    C’mon, everybody, do your best John Sterling imitation–

    THEEEEEEEEEE YANNNKEEEEEEEESSSSS LOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSE

    That ALWAYS feels so good to say.

  18. stonymark - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Wonder if Jim Leyland’s seat has cooled down a little.

  19. flavadave10 - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    In the words of Michael Kay:

    “CC YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  20. juanhughjazz - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    The best part of this series was not having to hear the Yankees broadcaster sing “Grandyman Can”

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