In the match-up of aces, only one truly stood out. And he’s your 2011 Cy Young Award winner.
Bottom line, Justin Verlander is good at throwing the baseball. The Tigers’s ace struck out eleven Yankees over eight innings to earn his first win of the post-season. His counterpart, CC Sabathia, struggled through 5.1, walking six. Both Verlander and CC allowed four runs,but Delmon Young’s seventh inning home run off Rafael Soriano put the Tigers ahead for good. Jose Valverde came on to record his second save of the series as the Tigers won, 5-4.
Few points from the game:
1. Gardy is Clutch: Brett Gardner had a huge, two-run double off of Verlander in the seventh to tie the game. Gardner has been the Yankees only clutch hitter so far in this series.
3. CC=Cheeseburger Charlie: Is it just me or does CC seem to get bigger (in a bad way) each time he makes a start? My god, the Classless Jets may need to sign him to play offensive line!
4. AJ Burnett Time: I knew the Yankees had no shot to win this game. I knew the baseball gods wanted to watch the Yankee fans squirm as the fate of their season hangs in the balance with AJ Burnett. I’ve written and hyperlinked the ‘AJ Burnett CAN-NOT PITCH!!’ drop four different times this year.
Burnett is 2-2 with a 7.14 ERA in four career starts at Comerica.
He was 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against the Tigers this year.
Burnett will face off against New Jersey native, Rick Porcello.
Porcello is 2-2 with a 5.56 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.
It’s do or die time for the Yankees tomorrow night in the Motor City. Win and head home for Game 5 on Thursday. Lose and get ready to play golf with the Red Sox. Choose wisely. It all starts on Tuesday night at 8:37 PM.