ALCS Game 1 Pitching

October 13, 2012


Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees:
(Game 1, 8:00 pm TBS)

Doug Fister (DET) v Andy Pettitte (NYY) 

This is a matchup between two solid pitchers. One is in his second postseason, and he has had great success on this stage. Doug Fister has seen the postseason in two years straight. Last year, he pitched in three games, and won two of them. He gave up six runs on nineteen hits and had 13 strikeouts. Two of those postseason appearances came against the Yankees, and in the game he won against them, he went five innings, giving up a run on five hits and had four strikeouts. This year, he didn’t get a decision as Oakland beat the Tigers 5-4 in Comerica Park. He gave up just two runs on six hits, while striking out eight. He is a guy who certainly knows how to handle the Yankees hitters, and him pitching well will go a long way to the Tigers getting a win, since their bullpen has been so vulnerable.

He goes against Andy Pettitte, who has been a great return for the Yankees since coming back early on this year. When you talk about experience in the big postseason moments, this guy certainly comes to mind as one of the best. In his career, Pettitte has had 43 post season starts, and has a 19-11 record. He has a career 3.83 ERA, and 178 strikeouts in 270 innings. This year, he gave up three runs on seven hits to the Orioles, while striking out five in seven innings. He never faced the Tigers this year, with his last start against them coming three years before he retired in 2010. On April 30, 2008, he gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings against them, as he registered a 6-2 loss. Things were completely different in that game, with Ivan Rodriguez at the top of the order, Brandon Inge playing center field and Magglio Ordonez in right. There are only three players from that game that will play today: Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera.


This will be a very interesting game. I’ll be interested to see how Pettitte goes against a team who he hasn’t faced in four years, while it will also be interesting to see how the Tigers hitters approach him. Doug Fister will be confident about getting a win, having had success against the Yankees in the past. Both of these pitchers stack up well against each other based on stats from this year, but as we all know, stats go out the door on this stage. I’ll look for the Yanks to give their man Pettitte an early lead, with Pettittes experience coming to the forefront as well. Regardless of who takes this game, we’re certainly in for a really exciting game, followed by a great series.

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