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Tigers Anniversary Win

October 15, 2012

On the exact 28 year anniversary of their last World Series win on Sunday, October 14, 1984, the Detroit Tigers took a two games to none lead in the ALCS vs the New York Yankees. As I recall, that title clincher like Sunday’s Tigers’ win was a late afternoon game. In game one, the Tigers won despite dissipating a four run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning when incredibly, Raul Ibanez hit his fourth game tying, “down to the last inning” home run in three weeks. Detroit managed to win the game (6-4) in 12 innings and again benefited from a quick “turn around” after a Saturday night win (same happened vs the A’s in the division series), winning (3-0) in game two.

This is the Tigers’ sixth ALCS and in all of them one team has grabbed a two games to none series lead. This is the third time Detroit has the (2-0) advantage. This is only the second time in 15 ALCS that the Yankees trail two games to none. Jim Leyland, in his 13th post-season series, gets a (2-0) advantage for the fourth time. Delmon Young delivered the game winning hits in both games, a huge go ahead double in the 12th inning of game one and a fielder’s choice rbi in game two. The Tigers’ starting pitching has been magnificent thus far in post-season, allowing just five earned runs in 49 and one third innings.

Leyland and the Tigers are up two games to none thus the “prevailing wind” media (most of the media took the Claude Rains “Casablanca” character course in taking the easy way) did not take Leyland to task for letting struggling closer Jose Valverde pitch to Raul Ibanez (game one) when he had a lefthander, Drew Smyly ,the eventual winning pitcher, available. This was after Valvarde “sinned” and walked Mark Teixeira with two out, no one on, ahead by two runs. Ibanez, on an historical game tying home run tear, was allowed to bat vs a right handed pitcher, a struggling one at that.

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