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 Rovin
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.
Update: Reporting Clear Skies—-Play Ball!