It was going to be a lost cause for the New York Yankees anyway having to face Justin Verlander in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series and it was without a doubt. Verlander threw 132 pitches over 8 1/3 innings in getting the Detroit Tigers one win away from their first trip to the World Series since 2006.
The Yankees didn’t have a chance against Verlander, who baffled New York hitters all night long in front of a sold-out crowd at Comerica Park. Ichiro Suzuki was the only one who could really do anything with two hits. Where would the Yankees be without Ichiro? With the way Verlander pitched, he had no-hitter stuff and without Ichiro, it may have been a no-hitter for the Detroit right-hander. The 132 pitches tied a season-high for Verlander and it may take four days for Verlander to recover if he has to pitch again in this ALCS. The Tigers are finding new heroes each game and this time it was Delmon Young and his home run in the fourth inning to give Detroit the lead that got the crowd going.
Let’s remember though the Tigers led the Athletics 2-0 in the ALDS and it went back to Oakland for the final three games where Game 5 was forced and Verlander had to pitch Detroit on to this next round. The Tigers would be smart to finish this off at home and not let it get even close to a Game 7 where Verlander would have to be used again especially after tying a season-high in pitches. The curtain is closing in the Big Apple and the Motor City can pack their bags for wherever the World Series begins. Tigers fans will be hoping that their team doesn’t get rusty if they do head up with a weeklong break before starting the World Series.