The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees meet in the postseason for the second year in a row, with a World Series appearance on the line this time. Both teams are coming off of Game Five victories in the ALDS in which their staff aces, Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia, eclipsed the 120-pitch mark. We’ll see the suddenly strikeout happy Doug Fister take the hill for the Tigers while the Yankees counter with Andy Pettitte.

The Tigers have their rotation set for the series with Anibal Sanchez in line for Game Two, Verlander in Game Three and Max Scherzer scheduled to start Game Four. The Yankees rotation is currently surrounded in question marks as Sabathia is unlikely to be ready before Game Three, which would be on short rest. Hiroki Kuroda has been tabbed as the starter for Game Two.

Alex Rodriguez is back in the Yankees lineup for Game One, but manager Joe Girardi has bumped him to sixth in the order. Infielder Eduardo Nunez was left off the Yankees roster for the ALCS, with his spot being filled by right handed reliever Cody Eppley. Girardi, eschewing the small sample size, must have a super top secret heavily encoded section in his binder on Eppley vs. the Tigers because this:

The Tigers did not make any changes to their roster for the ALCS.

Here are the starting lineups for Game One:

Detroit Tigers

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
7. Andy Dirks (L) LF
8. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
9. Gerald Laird (R) C

New York Yankees

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Raul Ibanez (L) DH
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
7. Nick Swisher (S) RF
8. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
9. Russell Martin (R) C

Doug Fister’s 2012 pitch usage data, via Brooks Baseball:

Andy Pettitte’s 2012 pitch usage data, via Brooks Baseball:

Comments (7)

  1. Its kinda funny how this went from a season full of surprise teams to being all the pre season favorites in the LCS

  2. Tonight’s commentary team – officially the worst ever.

    Nominating for ‘today in poorly formed thoughts’ the succinct destruction of the statistically based field placings ‘because the ball went where the 2nd baseman usually stands’.

    • In one of the previous podcasts, the guys were discussing how bad the “main” TBS team of Ernie, Smoltz and Carl were. Thing is, I would prefer those guys to the MLB International team of Thorne and Sutcliffe. They are the worst. I didn’t watch after Game 2 of the NLCS last year because of them. For me, it was like: oh, the Cardinals won the NL? Well, good for them.

    • I just got back from a bar where I was watching with the sound down. I can’t believe they’re broadcast with these meatheads. They are completely intolerable.

  3. So you’re telling us you read lips?

  4. It’s a choice between the brutal MLB international feed or Fox and AJ Pierzynski. Fox gets me from here on, although between Zaun and AJ, I imagine it’s ‘battle of the douches’ whichever way you look at it. The 590 audio with Orel Hershiser was ok, if you can stand the lag.

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