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10/15/2012 07:25 PM

MLB
Dunkel

St. Louis at San Francisco
The Giants look to build on their 9-2 record in Ryan Vogelsong's last 11 starts as a home favorite. San Francisco is the pick (-115) according to Dunkel, which has the Giants favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-115). Here are all of today's picks.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

Game 907-908: St. Louis at San Francisco (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Carpenter) 15.946; San Francisco (Vogelsong) 17.015
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1; 6
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-115); 7
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-115); Under




MLB
Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, October 15

Giants are now 0-3 at home in playoffs, outscored 20-6; road team won all six of their playoff games. Vogelsong is 2-0, 1.64 in his last four starts; he blanked St Louis on three hits for seven innings August 8. Cardinals won 13 of their last 18 games- they're 4-3 against Giants this season, 2-1 here. Carpenter has a 2.78 RA in four starts this year; his win at Washington last week was his first in '12. Visiting teams are 16-9 in the playoffs so far this month.




MLB

Monday, October 15

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Trend Report
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8:07 PM
ST. LOUIS vs. SAN FRANCISCO
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing San Francisco
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Francisco's last 9 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco's last 6 games

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10/15/2012 07:26 PM


MLB
Long Sheet

Monday, October 15

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ST LOUIS (93 - 76) at SAN FRANCISCO (97 - 71) - 8:05 PM
CHRIS CARPENTER (R) vs. RYAN VOGELSONG (R)
Top Trends for this game.
ST LOUIS is 93-76 (-1.6 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field this season.
ST LOUIS is 60-57 (-11.2 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters this season.
ST LOUIS is 30-37 (-14.7 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
ST LOUIS is 93-76 (-1.6 Units) against the money line in all games this season.
SAN FRANCISCO is 167-103 (+61.2 Units) against the money line when playing on Monday since 1997.
SAN FRANCISCO is 97-71 (+19.1 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field this season.
SAN FRANCISCO is 60-40 (+16.1 Units) against the money line in night games this season.
SAN FRANCISCO is 44-27 (+15.9 Units) against the money line after a loss this season.
SAN FRANCISCO is 97-71 (+19.1 Units) against the money line in all games this season.
VOGELSONG is 20-12 (+8.3 Units) against the money line in all games this season. (Team's Record)
VOGELSONG is 20-12 (+8.3 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field this season. (Team's Record)
VOGELSONG is 14-5 (+9.7 Units) against the money line in night games this season. (Team's Record)
VOGELSONG is 19-8 (+11.5 Units) against the money line after a loss over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
ST LOUIS is 53-38 (+15.6 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ST LOUIS is 18-10 (+10.7 Units) against the money line in October games over the last 2 seasons.
CARPENTER is 21-11 (+11.4 Units) against the money line as a road underdog of +100 to +125 since 1997. (Team's Record)
CARPENTER is 12-3 (+10.2 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)
SAN FRANCISCO is 14-21 (-12.6 Units) against the money line in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN FRANCISCO is 3-4 (-0.3 Units) against ST LOUIS this season
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL this season . (Over=+0.7 Units)

CHRIS CARPENTER vs. SAN FRANCISCO since 1997
CARPENTER is 4-1 when starting against SAN FRANCISCO with an ERA of 3.57 and a WHIP of 1.321.
His team's record is 6-2 (+2.4 units) in these starts. The OVER is 4-4. (-0.4 units)

RYAN VOGELSONG vs. ST LOUIS since 1997
VOGELSONG is 1-4 when starting against ST LOUIS with an ERA of 6.83 and a WHIP of 1.552.
His team's record is 1-5 (-4.0 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 3-3. (-0.2 units)

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10/15/2012 07:30 PM

MLB
Short Sheet

Monday, October 15

National League

NL Championship Series, Game Two (St. Louis Leads, 1-0)
St. Louis at San Francisco, 8:05 ET FOX
Carpenter: 4-12 TSR pitching off BB team wins
Vogelsong: 11-3 TSR after allowing 1 or 0 ER's last start


MLB

Monday, October 15

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NLCS betting preview: Cardinals at Giants
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St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants (-111, 6.5)

St. Louis leads series 1-0.

The San Francisco Giants are still seeking their first win at home in the postseason as they prepare to face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. The Giants dropped the best-of-seven series opener 6-4 on Sunday when David Freese and Carlos Beltran each hit two-run homers to lead the Cardinals’ attack. San Francisco, which is in danger of losing its first two games at home for the second straight playoff series, turns to Ryan Vogelsong in Game 2. Matt Cain will start Game 3, with Tim Lincecum expected to start Game 4 despite throwing two scoreless innings in relief on Sunday. The Giants’ rotation hasn’t recorded a quality start through six postseason games, and Madison Bumgarner’s status is in doubt after another shaky outing in Game 1.

While the Giants have been outscored 20-6 in their three postseason losses at AT&T Park, the Cardinals quickly made themselves comfortable on Sunday. Freese’s home run pushed his career postseason total to six, and Beltran’s blast was his 14th career postseason home run in 108 at-bats. Freese has 25 RBI in his first 25 career postseason games, tying him for second all time behind Lou Gehrig, who had 32. After struggling early in the season, the Cardinals’ bullpen is peaking at the right time. Six St. Louis relievers tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings on Sunday, with Jason Motte recording his second save of the postseason. Second baseman Daniel Descalso, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, had two hits in Game 1 and is batting .308 (8-for-26) in the postseason.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FOX

WEATHER: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the low-60s under clear skies. Winds will blow out to right field at 9 mph.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Chris Carpenter (1-0, 0.00)

Vogelsong earned a no-decision in his first career playoff start in Game 3 of the NLDS against Cincinnati, giving up one run on three hits over five innings. His 2.86 ERA in 15 regular-season home starts ranked 10th in the NL, and he finished the regular season with a 0.53 ERA over his final three starts. Beltran is 4-for-11 with a home run against Vogelsong, who threw seven scoreless innings and gave up three hits in a 15-0 win at Busch Stadium on Aug. 8.

Carpenter is set to make his fifth start of the season and the sixth NLCS start of his career after pitching 5 2/3 shutout innings in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals. He’s 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA in eight career starts against the Giants, including 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA at AT&T Park. He’s one win shy of tying Greg Maddux and Curt Schilling for the fifth-most playoff victories in history (11). Hunter Pence is 5-for-27 with seven strikeouts against Carpenter, who missed the first 150 games of the season with a right shoulder injury.

TRENDS:

*Cardinals are 6-1 in Carpenter’s last seven starts vs. Giants.
* Cardinals are 5-0 in their last five games as an underdog.
* Giants are 1-4 in their last five playoff games as a favorite.
* Over is 7-0 in Giants last seven playoff home games.

UMP TRENDS-Chris Guccione

* Over is 4-0-1 in Guccione’s last five games behind home plate.
* Giants are 4-1 in their last five games with Guccione behind home plate.
* Over is 4-0 in Guccione’s last four Monday games behind home plate.
* Home team is 5-0 in Guccione’s last five games behind home plate vs. St. Louis.

WALK-OFFS:

1. Beltran’s .824 slugging percentage in 29 playoff games is the highest in baseball history.

2. Lincecum has thrown 8 1/3 relief innings in the postseason, allowing three hits, two walks and one earned run with nine strikeouts.

3. The Cardinals’ Yadier Molina has 57 postseason hits, tied for third all-time among catchers.


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10/15/2012 07:32 PM

Carpenter looks to give Cards 2-0 NLCS lead

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS


National League Championship Series Game 2 - St. Louis leads series 1-0
First pitch: Monday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
Line: San Francisco -110, St. Louis +100, Total: 6.5

The Giants will look to even the NLCS at 1-1 with Ryan Vogelsong taking the hill against Chris Carpenter on Monday night.

Carpenter has a magic touch when it comes to postseason baseball with a 10-2 career record and 2.88 ERA. In just four starts this season after shoulder surgery, Carpenter had a 2.78 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with a 1-2 record, averaging just 5.7 innings per start. Vogelsong ended the year with a 3.33 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, but was remarkably better at home all season with a 2.86 ERA and 1.20 WHIP at AT&T Park. He also has been spectacular lately with a 0.56 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in his past three starts. Given the series opener, in which both teams' starters did not make it out of the fourth inning, the team with the more durable starter may bring his team a big benefit in this one. Whereas Carpenter has struggled to go deep into games, and is supported by a bullpen that has a 10-18 record on the road, Vogelsong has averaged 6.3 innings per start at home this year. And with the Cardinals 42-44 on the road this year, take SAN FRANCISCO to even the series on Monday.

This pair of three-star FoxSheets trends also side with the Giants:

ST LOUIS is 7-16 (-14.5 Units) against the money line after having won 6 or 7 of their last 8 games this season. The average score was ST LOUIS 3.5, OPPONENT 4.7 - (Rating = 3*).

CARPENTER is 4-12 (-15.8 Units) against the money line after 2 or more consecutive wins over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record). The average score was CARPENTER 2.6, OPPONENT 4.6 - (Rating = 3*).

The Giants had no problem winning at home this season with a 48-33 record (.593) in the regular season, but they are now 0-3 at AT&T Park since the playoffs began. Vogelsong will look to change that despite his historical struggles against the Cardinals. In six career starts he has a 1-4 record, 6.83 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. He did, however, own the Redbirds in his lone start against them this season, holding them to just three hits over seven shutout innings of a 15-0 victory. And he has one of baseball’s best bullpens at his back, with Giants relievers registering a 3.16 ERA and 1.20 WHIP at home, where they have converted 24 of 30 (80%) save opportunities.

Carpenter has not faced the Giants this year, but has done so eight times in his career, compiling a 4-1 record, 3.57 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. He was the winner in both of his previous outings in San Francisco. The real issue for him though, is if his team can hold a lead once he leaves. Cardinals relievers have a 4.24 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the road with just 21 saves in 32 opportunities (65%). Play against.

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10/15/2012 07:36 PM

Preview: Cardinals (88-74) at Giants (94-68)

Game: 2
Venue: AT&T Park
Date: October 15, 2012 8:07 PM EDT

Poor starting pitching and spotless bullpen work was the story for both teams in the NL championship series opener.

With Chris Carpenter on the mound in Game 2 for the St. Louis Cardinals, the first part of that equation could change Monday night.

Carpenter brings a 10-2 career postseason record into this outing as the Cardinals look to take a 2-0 series lead and drop the San Francisco Giants to 0-4 at home in the playoffs.

St. Louis took Game 1 on Sunday 6-4. Each starter - Lance Lynn for the Cardinals and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants - lasted 3 2-3 innings and was charged with all the runs.

Six relievers for St. Louis yielded two hits over the final 5 1-3 innings while five for San Francisco did not give up a hit over the same span.

The Cardinals may not need such stellar work from their bullpen Monday with Carpenter (1-0, 0.00 ERA) starting. The veteran pitched 5 2-3 innings Wednesday in an 8-0 victory at Washington in Game 3 of a division series, lowering his ERA to 2.88 in 16 career postseason outings.

"He's a competitor, like I've never seen," manager Mike Matheny said. "The guy just finds a different gear when it becomes his turn to do something special."

Carpenter, who was limited to three 2012 starts while recovering from shoulder surgery, joined Virgil Trucks of the 1945 Tigers as the second starting pitcher to win a playoff game without winning in the regular season.

"I feel good physically," Carpenter said. "I think my stuff has gotten better and better. And I'm hoping that that's the case for this next one here."

The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA in eight career starts against the Giants, winning both previous outings at AT&T Park.

Carpenter has fared well against Hunter Pence, who is 5 for 27 versus him including the playoffs. Ryan Theriot is 7 for 15 against Carpenter, but he has yet to start this postseason.

If Carpenter pitches well, that will put pressure on Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 1.80) to keep pace. The Giants starter is well aware of who he is up against Monday.

"He's got a good postseason track record," Vogelsong said. "He's got a good track record to begin with and he's been throwing the ball really good lately. He's obviously going to be tough."

Vogelsong made his postseason debut last Tuesday at Cincinnati in Game 3 of that series, allowing one run over five innings in a 2-1, 10-inning victory.

The right-hander won his lone 2012 start against the Cardinals on Aug. 8 with seven innings of three-hit ball in a 15-0 rout. He had gone 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in his previous five starts against them.

Vogelsong is looking forward to pitching at home, where his ERA was 2.86 compared to his 3.87 road mark in the regular season.

"It's no secret, I've said in the past, that I definitely feed off the energy that this crowd brings,' he said. "I'm sure it's going to be pretty intense tomorrow night. It's pretty intense on a regular-season game here in the middle of June. So tomorrow night should be extra energetic.'

Being at home hasn't been an advantage this postseason for the Giants, who have allowed their opponents to score first in all three defeats and fell behind 6-0 on Sunday.

"We've shown how resilient we can be," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We hate to lose them at home, but it happens. And we've got to wash this one off and come out and be ready to go tomorrow."

The Giants are batting .165 at home in the playoffs, with Pence (1 for 12), Marco Scutaro (2 for 13), Angel Pagan (2 for 14) and Pablo Sandoval (2 for 12) all failing to produce an RBI.

Carlos Beltran and David Freese each had two-run homers for St. Louis. Beltran improved to 10 for 26 (.385) with three homers and six RBIs this postseason.

"Right now I'm really enjoying myself," Beltran said. "Right now I'm seeing the ball well. I feel like I have a good approach at the plate, I feel like I'm not trying to do too much, and good things are happening."

Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso, who lives in San Francisco's hip Marina neighborhood in the offseason, added two hits Sunday. Descalso was one of the stars of the Cardinals' 9-7 win over the Nationals in Game 5 on Friday with a tying two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning.

St. Louis is 8-3 in NL road playoff games over the last two years.

"The way we play the game, we have been in this type of situation before in the regular season,' Beltran said. "These guys have this mentality of not panicking."




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10/15/2012 07:36 PM

Preview: Cardinals (88-74) at Giants (94-68)

Game: 2
Venue: AT&T Park
Date: October 15, 2012 8:07 PM EDT

Poor starting pitching and spotless bullpen work was the story for both teams in the NL championship series opener.

With Chris Carpenter on the mound in Game 2 for the St. Louis Cardinals, the first part of that equation could change Monday night.

Carpenter brings a 10-2 career postseason record into this outing as the Cardinals look to take a 2-0 series lead and drop the San Francisco Giants to 0-4 at home in the playoffs.

St. Louis took Game 1 on Sunday 6-4. Each starter - Lance Lynn for the Cardinals and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants - lasted 3 2-3 innings and was charged with all the runs.

Six relievers for St. Louis yielded two hits over the final 5 1-3 innings while five for San Francisco did not give up a hit over the same span.

The Cardinals may not need such stellar work from their bullpen Monday with Carpenter (1-0, 0.00 ERA) starting. The veteran pitched 5 2-3 innings Wednesday in an 8-0 victory at Washington in Game 3 of a division series, lowering his ERA to 2.88 in 16 career postseason outings.

"He's a competitor, like I've never seen," manager Mike Matheny said. "The guy just finds a different gear when it becomes his turn to do something special."

Carpenter, who was limited to three 2012 starts while recovering from shoulder surgery, joined Virgil Trucks of the 1945 Tigers as the second starting pitcher to win a playoff game without winning in the regular season.

"I feel good physically," Carpenter said. "I think my stuff has gotten better and better. And I'm hoping that that's the case for this next one here."

The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA in eight career starts against the Giants, winning both previous outings at AT&T Park.

Carpenter has fared well against Hunter Pence, who is 5 for 27 versus him including the playoffs. Ryan Theriot is 7 for 15 against Carpenter, but he has yet to start this postseason.

If Carpenter pitches well, that will put pressure on Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 1.80) to keep pace. The Giants starter is well aware of who he is up against Monday.

"He's got a good postseason track record," Vogelsong said. "He's got a good track record to begin with and he's been throwing the ball really good lately. He's obviously going to be tough."

Vogelsong made his postseason debut last Tuesday at Cincinnati in Game 3 of that series, allowing one run over five innings in a 2-1, 10-inning victory.

The right-hander won his lone 2012 start against the Cardinals on Aug. 8 with seven innings of three-hit ball in a 15-0 rout. He had gone 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in his previous five starts against them.

Vogelsong is looking forward to pitching at home, where his ERA was 2.86 compared to his 3.87 road mark in the regular season.

"It's no secret, I've said in the past, that I definitely feed off the energy that this crowd brings,' he said. "I'm sure it's going to be pretty intense tomorrow night. It's pretty intense on a regular-season game here in the middle of June. So tomorrow night should be extra energetic.'

Being at home hasn't been an advantage this postseason for the Giants, who have allowed their opponents to score first in all three defeats and fell behind 6-0 on Sunday.

"We've shown how resilient we can be," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We hate to lose them at home, but it happens. And we've got to wash this one off and come out and be ready to go tomorrow."

The Giants are batting .165 at home in the playoffs, with Pence (1 for 12), Marco Scutaro (2 for 13), Angel Pagan (2 for 14) and Pablo Sandoval (2 for 12) all failing to produce an RBI.

Carlos Beltran and David Freese each had two-run homers for St. Louis. Beltran improved to 10 for 26 (.385) with three homers and six RBIs this postseason.

"Right now I'm really enjoying myself," Beltran said. "Right now I'm seeing the ball well. I feel like I have a good approach at the plate, I feel like I'm not trying to do too much, and good things are happening."

Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso, who lives in San Francisco's hip Marina neighborhood in the offseason, added two hits Sunday. Descalso was one of the stars of the Cardinals' 9-7 win over the Nationals in Game 5 on Friday with a tying two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning.

St. Louis is 8-3 in NL road playoff games over the last two years.

"The way we play the game, we have been in this type of situation before in the regular season,' Beltran said. "These guys have this mentality of not panicking."




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10/15/2012 07:45 PM

Playoff Record:

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

10/14/12 4-­0-­0 100.00% +­2225 Detail
10/13/12 0-­2-­0 0.00% -­1225 Detail
10/12/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1110 Detail
10/11/12 5-­3-­0 62.50% +­1220 Detail
10/10/12 5-­0-­1 100.00% +­2520 Detail
10/09/12 2-­2-­0 50.00% -­240 Detail
10/08/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1110 Detail
10/07/12 4-­4-­0 50.00% +­55 Detail
10/06/12 1-­3-­0 25.00% -­1150 Detail
10/05/12 3-­1-­0 75.00% +­1610 Detail

Total: 28-15 65.11% +7235

Monday, October 15

Game Score Status Pick Amount

St. Louis - 8:00 PM ET San Francisco -110 500

San Francisco - Over 6.5 500

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10/15/2012 07:45 PM

Playoff Record:

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

10/14/12 4-­0-­0 100.00% +­2225 Detail
10/13/12 0-­2-­0 0.00% -­1225 Detail
10/12/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1110 Detail
10/11/12 5-­3-­0 62.50% +­1220 Detail
10/10/12 5-­0-­1 100.00% +­2520 Detail
10/09/12 2-­2-­0 50.00% -­240 Detail
10/08/12 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1110 Detail
10/07/12 4-­4-­0 50.00% +­55 Detail
10/06/12 1-­3-­0 25.00% -­1150 Detail
10/05/12 3-­1-­0 75.00% +­1610 Detail

Total: 28-15 65.11% +7235

Monday, October 15

Game Score Status Pick Amount

St. Louis - 8:00 PM ET San Francisco -110 500

San Francisco - Over 6.5 500

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10/16/2012 07:19 PM

Tigers Send Verlander To Mound With 2-0 Lead Over Yankees

New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers
MLB Betting Preview
Date: 10/16/2012, 8:00 p.m. (ET) TBS
Opening Lines: Tigers -180, O/U 7


Series So Far: The Tigers jumped on the New York Yankees in Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS to take a 2-0 lead back home to Detroit. Saturday's series opener saw the Tigers blow a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth when Jose Valverde served up a pair of 2-run homers, but Detroit eventually pulled off a 6-4 win in 12 innings. That 4-run outburst proved to be New York's lone offense in the series so far after Anibal Sanchez and Phil Coke combined on a 4-hit shutout Sunday for a 3-0 victory. Motown backers cashed underdog tickets at the baseball betting window each contest, getting +120 in Game 1 and +125 in Game 2, while the 'over/under' split the two tilts.

Much has been made about the season-ending injury to Derek Jeter in Saturday's matchup along with the blown call by 2B umpire Jeff Nelson on Sunday. The real reason why New York was forced to go the 5-game distance in the ALDS vs. Baltimore and finds itself down 2-0 in the ALCS has been the lack of scoring. The Yankees have plated 20 runs in seven postseason games, and nine of those came in two ninth-inning outbursts (ALDS Game 1 vs. the Orioles, ALCS Game 1 vs. the Tigers). New York ranked second in the majors during the regular season with 4.96 run per game.

Pitching Matchup: Detroit will have ace Justin Verlander on the hill at Comerica Park for Game 3 while the Yankees turn to Phil Hughes in hopes of climbing back into this series. Verlander was the difference in the ALDS vs. the Oakland Athletics, winning Games 1 and 5 to push the Tigers into the ALCS. Last year's AL MVP and Cy Young winner worked 16 innings with 11 strikeouts combined, giving up a solo homer to Coco Crisp leading off the opener before shutting the A's out from that point on. Verlander faced New York three times during the regular season with the Tigers winning one of those games. His ledger in the three assignments included 20-1/3 innings total and seven earned runs allowed (3.09 ERA) to go with 22 strikeouts.

Hughes pitched well in his ALDS appearance vs. Baltimore, pitching into the seventh of Game 4 and allowing just one run on a Nate McLouth homer. He closed the regular season with a 5.19 ERA in six September starts, but the Yanks provided enough offense to win four of those outings. He split his two regular season assignments vs. the Tigers, both starts coming at Comerica Park while Hughes posted a 3.38 ERA in 13+ innings and limited Detroit hitters to a .235 average.

Odds & Ends: New York won four of the seven regular season games played between the clubs in Detroit, with the 'over' also going 4-3. Sam Holbrook is slated to call the balls and strikes in Game 2. He was 19-12 'over' along with three 'pushes' on totals in the regular season. A cool, humid evening is in the current forecast for Detroit on Tuesday; temps are expected to hover in the mid-to-uppers 50s for most of the game with a 12-15 mph wind from the south (in from right-center towards the 3B on-deck circle).

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10/16/2012 07:21 PM

Preview: Yankees (95-67) at Tigers (88-74)

Game: 3
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Date: October 16, 2012 8:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) - There were times this year when Justin Verlander took the mound while his team was reeling a bit - and the right-hander's presence was Detroit's best shot at snapping out of a momentary funk.

Now, the hard-throwing ace is in a different situation. Led by Verlander, the Tigers' rotation has been absolutely terrific this postseason, and his job is simply to keep this remarkable run going against the slumping New York Yankees.

``I think pitching, much like hitting, is contagious,' Verlander said. ``Guys go out there night in and night out and see guys have a good game, and the next day he wants to have a good game, so on and so forth. And I think that's what we are feeding on right now.'

The Tigers won the first two games of the AL championship series in New York, holding the Yankees scoreless except for one brief uprising against closer-in-limbo Jose Valverde. With the exception of Valverde, no Detroit pitcher has allowed an earned run since Game 3 of the division series against Oakland.

Verlander takes the mound Tuesday night in Game 3 of the ALCS. The reigning AL MVP won both his starts against the A's, throwing a shutout in the decisive fifth game.

``As a rotation, right now things are going well,' Verlander said during Monday's off-day. ``It is nice to see us get rolling as a group, and hopefully we can continue it through the World Series.'

Detroit's starters have posted an 0.94 ERA in the playoffs this year. The postseason record for a starting staff pitching at least seven games is 1.05, set by the 1920 Cleveland Indians, according to STATS LLC.

Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez are off to that type of start this year.

Detroit's pitching display has gone hand in hand with New York's horrendous slump. Derek Jeter is out for the year after breaking an ankle in Game 1 of this series, and the Yankees desperately need their other stars to start hitting. Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher are a combined 12 for 107 - for a .112 batting average - in the playoffs.

Add catcher Russell Martin, and five regulars are below .200, hitting a combined 17 for 133 with 42 strikeouts - 25 more strikeouts than hits. They have a combined seven RBIs, four of those by Cano.

``We can't score seven runs, eight runs in one at-bat,' first baseman Mark Teixeira said. ``It's momentum. When things are going bad, they can be really bad, but when things are going good, we're capable of putting up a whole bunch of runs.'

The Yankees have actually had a decent amount of success against Verlander. He faced New York three times this season, and the Yankees won twice. Phil Hughes, who will start Game 3 for New York, pitched a complete game against Verlander in a win over the Tigers on June 3.

``Obviously Verlander is a great pitcher, but he is human and we know we can score off him,' Hughes said. ``I just have to do a better job than he does. It's going to be a challenge, but, like I said, I'm looking forward to it.'

In his most recent start against the Yankees, on Aug. 6, Verlander struck out 14 in eight innings.

``You want to face familiar pitchers, even if he happens to be the best pitcher on the planet,' Teixeira said.

With the starters pitching brilliantly, Detroit's big concern right now is the bullpen. Valverde allowed the Yankees to tie Game 1 with four runs in the ninth, and although the Tigers won 6-4 in the 12th, Detroit manager Jim Leyland needed to change plans a bit. He used Phil Coke to close out a 3-0 win in Game 2, and the left-hander pitched the final two innings.

Coke may be a viable option against a New York lineup with plenty of left-handed power, but it's clear the situation is still in flux.

``I am just going to play it out and see what happens, see what kind of matchup there is,' Leyland said. ``Find out who they have coming up, who the matchup will be, probably go from there. I am hoping that Valverde in the very near future is ready to take back over. As I said, that is pretty important that we have him.'

Of course, if Detroit's rotation keeps up its record pace, the pressure on the bullpen could be minimal. Can the Yankees possibly hit this poorly for another few days? Leyland is skeptical.

``We're just hoping we can keep the Yankees from swinging the bats too good,' Leyland said. ``You are certainly concerned about it because they are just too good. They are too good of hitters and you know they will break out at some point. You just try to shut them down to the best of your ability and scratch out a few runs. The runs are pretty much at a premium so far.'


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