ALCS Game 1: Yankees vs. Tigers

NEW YORK YANKEES (3-2/95-67) vs. DETROIT TIGERS (3-2/88-74)
LHP Andy Pettitte (0-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 2.57)
Saturday, October 13 • 8:07 p.m. et • TBS • Yankee Stadium

Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Andy Dirks LF
Avisail Garcia RF
Gerald Laird C

Doug Fister RHP

Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C

Andy Pettitte LHP

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play Game 1 of the 2012 American League Championship Series vs. the Detroit Tigers tonight at Yankee Stadium…marks the Yankees’ 15th ALCS all-time, going 11-3 in the series, including a 7-2 mark in their last nine since 1996 – which have been a “best of seven” format…is their third ALCS in five years under Joe Girardi (also 2009 and ‘10)…are 34-14 in 48 “best-of-seven” series all time.

OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: The Yankees have won the first game in each of their last four postseason series and nine of their last 11.

ANDY’S TURN: LHP Andy Pettitte will make his seventh career Game 1 start, first since the 2005 NLCS at St. Louis w/Houston… is his fifth Game 1 start as a Yankee, first since the 2001 ALCS at Seattle… is his first Game 1 start at home since the 2000 World Series vs. the Mets (6.2IP, 8H, 3ER in the ND)… overall, is s 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA (37.0IP, 23ER) in his six previous Game 1 starts.
ð The start by Pettitte snaps a streak of seven consecutive postseason Game 1s started by CC Sabathia dating back to 2009.


No Mo. No Jeter. Very underachieving middle of the lineup including Cano. This injury to Jeter could send the team in two directions. it could be the thing that lights a fire under them and they’re playing this series and the playoffs for Jeter and Mo and they start hitting in clutch situations and scoring some runs. Or it could be like a severe punch in the gut that sucks the air out of the team and they succumb to the Tigers and lose in 4 straight. I much prefer the first option obviously but wouldn’t be surprised if the second happens. We were hanging by a thread anyway just squeaking out the last series with the O’s but now with Jeter out that thin thread could be snapped in this series and the boys will clean out their lockers and head home or to the golf course or wherever and get ready for next year. The Steinbrenners and Cashman have a lot of work to do in the off season to get this team ready for next year. Blow up the team and start over? Do that and it will probably take a few years to get back to the playoffs. Is it a rebuilding and trying to find a few missing pieces by trade or prospect? Is it eating a large chunk of our cap to get rid of ARod? For some reason we don’t seem to have done a great job in the organization and at the minor league level to have guys ready to jump up to the big league. I fear the result of this series with the Tigers. They will be like a shark circling the blood in the water. It may not be very pretty. No one is going to feel sorry for the big bad evil empire don’t worry. Big cloud over the team and the fans right now. Can these other guys step up and remove the cloud? Time and the next few games will tell. Good luck.


No doubt about it Allan. Swisher has played his way out of a contract extension this post season. I don’t see the Yankees paying the years or money that he desires. Fact is I see them looking elsewhere. As for Aroid, I realize it will be costly but it is long overdue to part company with this guy. If I were Hank (who caused this problem) at the end of the season I’d write the buyout check and send him packing. Either that or see if any other team, in need of his drama, would make a trade. Either way the Yankees are out some big $$$$$ but at least they are rid of this ego maniac has been who never was.


Tomorrow we HAVE to sit Swisher & Arod – there’s no two ways about that, both have killed us tonight especially Swisher who you can hang two runs on directly for his dire defense. I could use a great many words to describe the pair of them, most of them would be censored by WordPress and none of them could be spun with any positivity. Honestly I believe I could strike Arod out right now.


This game epitomizes the entire season. Inability to hit in key situations, especially NOT even putting the ball in play in the 6th inning. Then await on the long ball to pull the team out of the fire in the 9th inning. Now behind in extra innings. Frankly, I have NEVER like the makeup or chemistry with this team. I have said repeatedly this team NEEDS an enema and I hope it occurs in the offseason. I am tired of the same guys doing the same thing over and over and over again.


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