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Baseball: Championship Series ~ Open Thread: Yankees on the Brink, Down 0-3 ~ Giants, Cards Even at 1-1

posted at 5:35 pm on October 17, 2012 by







The Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander have put the New York Yankees on brink of elimination with a 2-1 victory last night, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the best of seven series.  Verlander allowed three hits and one earned run in 8-1/3 innings.  New York’s offense continued to struggle, batting .182 for the series and .200 during the postseason.  Yet the Yanks were one hit away in the ninth inning, (with runners on first and second), from tying or going ahead before left-handed reliever  Phil Coke struck out Raul Ibañez for the final out.

The Tigers and Yankees resume play today, (8 PM ET, 5 PM PACIFIC ON TBS), with the Yanks starting CC Sabathia, (15-6, 3.38 ERA in the regular season), coming off two wins against the Orioles in the division series.  The Tigers will counter with Max Scherzer, (16-7, 3.74 ERA) who allowed only three hits in 5.1 innings and one unearned run, against the Oakland A’s in his last start.








The Saint Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants resume play today, (1:00 PM PACIFIC–4 PM ET ON FOX) at Busch Stadium.  The series is tied 1-1 as the pair split the two-games at AT&T in San Francisco.  The Giants will send their ace, Matt Cain to the mound, (16-5, 2.79 ERA) in this pivotal game against the Card’s Kyle Lohse, (16-3, 2.86 ERA).  The Giants and Cards split their regular season meetings (3-3), but the Cardinals’ offense has been stellar in the post season, scoring 45 runs on 63 hits, while producing 9 HR’s in eight games.  Conversely, in seven games the Giants have scored 29 runs on 51 hits.  The head to head team batting average goes to the Cards, .238-.217.

On defense the two teams are basically dead even, .988-.986 Fielding Percentage.

Mother nature could play a part in tonight’s game in St. Louis:

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Update: Rain delay in St. Louis, bottom of 7th. Giants 1, Cardinals 3, runners on 2nd and 3rd, 2 out, Matt Cain just pulled.

Christien on October 17, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Rain delay. Cards up 3-1 w/2-outs in the bottom of the 7th, (runners on 2nd & 3rd) Giants need to get out of this inning without allowing any more runs, and they might have a chance…..

Rovin on October 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Giants are out-hitting the Cards 9-6, but have left far too many runners on base. No clutch hitting.

Rovin on October 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Weather Scout estimates at least 60 to 90-minute rain delay.


A strong line of thunderstorms, accompanied by wind gusts to 60 mph along with large hail, is moving over Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where the San Francisco Giants are locked in battle with the St. Louis Cardinals. Playoff games must go the entire 9 innings, and thus the game could be delayed or postponed.

Christien on October 17, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Yankees suck.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM

And by “suck” I don’t mean they’re bad. I mean they suck in a moral sense.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 17, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Namby pambys in charge of MLB. ALCS Game 4 postponed while it’s not raining.

22044 on October 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Cards win! Cards win!

Vince on October 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM

It’s raining pretty hard in Detroit right now and from the looks of the radar it’s a large weather system that extends into Wisconsin and Illinois. It’s going to be raining all night. They would never have gotten 9 innings in. Better to postpone it rather than try to start the game and burn the two starting pitchers.

rokemronnie on October 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Yankees are toast. Even if Sabathia wins on Thursday, and the Yankees win the next two to tie it up for Game Seven on Sunday, Verlander will be available on full rest and Sabathia would have to go on two days rest if the Yankees even contemplated risking it. Ain’t happening.

M. Scott Eiland on October 18, 2012 at 6:24 AM

And the Yankees are out! Tigers advance to the World Series!

22044 on October 18, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Let’s go, Waino!
*clap**clap* *clap**clap**clap*

Christien on October 18, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Congrats to the Tigers….they’re going to be a tough foe against who ever comes out of the NL. Now it looks like the Giants will have to do a repeat of the miracle in Cincy.

Rovin on October 19, 2012 at 7:20 AM