Just four teams are left to battle it out for the World Series, and on Saturday night, the 2012 ALCS kicks off for MLB betting fans when the New York Yankees take on the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers are probably at the decided disadvantage in this game, knowing that they are going to have to travel on Saturday morning to the Bronx and not have a day of rest, though it won’t feel anything different than a regular season game. Doug Fister is going to be the man on the mound on Saturday, and he is going to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. He was probably the third or the fourth best pitcher on this staff this year, but now he has to pitch Game 1 of the ALCS in the Bronx against arguably the best lineup in the game. The righty did pitch quite well in his first playoff start of the season against the Oakland Athletics, allowing just two runs in seven frames. It was his great start that helped the Tigers build a 2-0 lead in that series, and Manager Jim Leyland hopes that he can get a similar start in this one out of his first pitcher in a not-so-ideal situation.
About the only good news for Detroit is that it knows it isn’t going to be facing CC Sabathia in this series more than once, and it won’t be tonight. The Yankees might have played last night as opposed to two nights ago for the Tigers, but at least they knew where they were playing one way or the other when they came to the park on Friday. That means that Andy Pettitte is ready to go for this one and doesn’t have to worry about any travel. The veteran southpaw was solid, but he ended up getting the loss in Game 2 of the ALDS after allowing three runs in seven innings. That was a road start though, and typically, Pettitte is unbeatable when he is pitching at home in the postseason. The biggest question is going to involve Alex Rodriguez, who was benched last night in Game 5 and likely isn’t to get the starting role in this one either thanks to the fact that he has struggled so much here in the second season.
It’s just not a friendly spot for Detroit to be in. Do we think that the Tigers are going to win this series? We really do. However, the Yankees have the home field advantage to start things off, and they didn’t have to waste time traveling overnight or in the morning. Pettitte will be ready to go, and he is a great arm to back, especially at this type of a price for a team that was amazing at home this year. New York 7 – Detroit 4