The Detroit Tigers were looking to sweep the New York Yankees for the second straight time today. The last time these teams met was in the ALCS where the Tigers advanced to the World Series beating the “Evil Empire” in four straight games. Today they weren’t so lucky.
This may not be the Yankees team that all of us baseball fans are used to, but make no mistake; they are going to come to play. Today the Tigers realized that to the tune of a 7-0 beat down at Comerica Park. Dominant pitching from New York’s ace CC Sabathia was the key factor to the lopsided score.
Sabathia went seven innings only giving up four hits and no runs. Much better than his first start where he got lit up by the Boston Red Sox giving up four runs on four hits, eventually getting the loss. No doubt he will be the anchor of the rotation, and often times he will have to hold the opposing team to one or two runs in order to get the win.
Today he did just that, keeping the base runners to a minimum by only walking three batters all afternoon. Sabathia is one of the best pitchers in all of Major League Baseball, and he will earn every cent of the $23 million he will make this year.
The Tigers hitting was no match for the powerful ace for New York. The top five batters in the lineup only acquired three hits all afternoon. Two of the hits came from Torii Hunter and one from Prince Fielder, the others such as Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez were hitless in the shutout.
The Tigers have finished the first week of the season with a 3-3 record, losing the opening series to the Minnesota Twins and then winning the first home series of the year. With the off day tomorrow for the Tigers, they will be nice and rested for a new series on Tuesday against the reinvented Toronto Blue Jays.