Breaking down the best-of-seven American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees:

Schedule: (All times PDT)

Game 1, Saturday, at New York (5:07 p.m.)

Game 2, Sunday, at New York (1:07 p.m.)

Game 3, Tuesday, at Detroit (5:07 p.m.)

Game 4, Wednesday, at Detroit (5:07 p.m.)

x-Game 5, Thursday, at Detroit (1:07 p.m.)

x-Game 6, Saturday, at New York (5:07 p.m.)

x-Game 7, Sunday, at New York (5:15 p.m.)

x-if necessary

 

Projected Lineups:

Tigers: CF Austin Jackson (.300, 16, 66, 10 triples), LF Quintin Berry (.258, 2, 29, 21/21 SBs), 3B Miguel Cabrera (.330, 44, 139 for baseball’s first Triple Crown since 1967), 1B Prince Fielder (.313, 30, 108), DH Delmon Young (.267, 18, 74), RF Andy Dirks (.322, 8, 35), SS Jhonny Peralta (.239, 13, 63), C Alex Avila (.243, 9, 48), 2B Omar Infante (.274, 12, 53 with Marlins and Tigers).

Yankees: SS Derek Jeter (.316, 15 HRs, 58 RBIs, 99 runs, MLB-best 216 hits), LF Ichiro Suzuki (.283, 9, 55, 29 SBs with Mariners and Yankees), 1B Mark Teixeira (.251, 24, 84), 2B Robinson Cano (.313, 33, 94, 48 doubles, 105 runs), DH Raul Ibanez (.240, 19, 62), RF Nick Swisher (.272, 24, 93), CF Curtis Granderson (.232, 43, 106, 195 Ks), C Russell Martin (.211, 21, 53), 3B Eric Chavez (.281, 16, 37 in 278 at-bats) or Eduardo Nunez (.292, 1, 11, 11 SBs, 7 errors in 38 games).

 

Starting Pitchers (in projected rotation order):

Detroit Tigers

RHP Doug Fister (10-10, 3.45)

RHP Anibal Sanchez (9-13, 3.86 with Marlins and Tigers)

RHP Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64, ML-leading 239 Ks)

RHP Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74, 231 Ks).

New York Yankees

LHP Andy Pettitte (5-4, 2.87 in 12 starts)

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32, 219 2-3 IP)

RHP Phil Hughes (16-13, 4.23, 191 1-3 IP)

LHP CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38 ERA, 200 IP, 197 Ks).

 

Series Nuggets:

The Yankees won the 2012 series 6-4.

New York has won 40 of the past 58 meetings in the Bronx.

The Yankees won four of seven at Comerica Park in Motown this season.

The Over has cashed in 9 of the last 12 meetings at Yankee Stadium.

 

Detroit Nuggets:

The Tigers beat the Yankees in the division series in 2006 and last year.

Detroit’s starting rotation went 2-1 with a 1.30 ERA in its American League Divisional Series with the Oakland A’s.

In seven starts against the Yankees in 2011 and 2012, playoffs included, ace hurler Justin Verlander is 2-1 with a 3.92 ERA.

Slugger Miguel Cabrera’s run to the Triple Crown took charge on Aug. 1, as he hit .344 with 19 home runs and 54 RBI in 57 games for the remainder of the regular season.

Manager Jim Leyland is making his seventh postseason appearance.

Detroit finished sixth in the American League in runs scored with 726.

The Tigers ranked 10th in the bigs in home runs, with Cabrera and Prince Fielder accounting for more than 45 percent of the team’s 163 homers.

Fielder struggled in the ALDS, hitting just .190 with one home run and two RBI.

Cabrera did no better, hitting a mere .250 with no homers and just one RBI against the Athletics in the ALDS.

 

New York Nuggets:

Ace hurler CC Sabathia was 3-0 in three starts with 20 strikeouts over 21-2/3 innings against Detroit this season.

The Yankees went 19-8 down the stretch to finish two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles for their 13th division crown in 17 years.

The Yankees, which hit just four home runs in their five-game American League Divisional Series win over the O’s, led the league with 245 home runs this season.

The Bronx Bombers hit a paltry .211 with 47 strikeouts in the ALDS.

Robinson Cano, arguably the team’s best player, his 2-for-22 with an on-base percentage of .130 versus Baltimore in the ALDS.

Others who struggled in the ALDS were Nick Swisher (2-for-18, 5 Ks, .190 OBP), Alex Rodriguez (2-for-16, 9 Ks, .222 OBP), and Curtis Granderson (3-for-19, 9 Ks, .222 OBP).

Game 1 starter Andy Pettitte is baseball’s career leader in postseason wins (19) and starts (43).

Raul Ibanez turned out to be an integral part of the offense, hitting .444 with two homers and three RBI in the ALDS.

First baseman Mark Teixeira’s bat was hot in the ALDS, as he hit .353 versus the O’s. He had no homers and just one RBI, so they’ll be looking for his power in this series.

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