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Tigers, Verlander looking to bury Yankees in game 3 match-up at Comerica Park

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Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who struck out 11 Oakland batters in a 3-1 Detroit win on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Comerica Park.
Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who struck out 11 Oakland batters in a 3-1 Detroit win on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Comerica Park.

DETROIT (WKZO) -- This is HIS moment.   Heading into Tuesday night’s ALCS matchup Justin Verlander has been less than brilliant in his previous postseason appearances against the Yankees.   

This postseason has been a bit of an awakening for the previously struggling Verlander who had a 5.82 ERA in 2006 followed by a 5.31 ERA in 2011.  With numbers like that from your ace it’s difficult to imagine your team getting past the first round…let alone a World Series and the American League Championship Series in 2011.  The Tigers however…found a way in those seasons.

In 2012 it’s been a different story.  Verlander enters Tuesday night’s game with a white hot .58 ERA having only allowed 1 run on 7 hits in his 2 appearances against the Oakland Athletics in the ALDS. He  has been the dominant force in the postseason that Tigers fans have come to expect in the regular season. 

On Tuesday night the Tigers take a 2-0 series lead into Comerica Park and their hopes of a commanding 3-0 series lead once again rest upon the shoulders of a more seasoned Verlander.  On the minds of fans in Detroit will be questions about the Yankees.

At what point does Alex Rodriguez bat wake up?  Can it wait until November?

How long until Robinson Cano ends the longest hitless streak in postseason history?  How does February sound?

Can Phil Hughes mirror Anthony Reyes surprising game 1 performance in the World Series or will he continue to be ordinary?  Let’s hope not.

Those questions notwithstanding the Tigers could not have put themselves in a better situation.  Up 2-0 with their ace on the hill and at home with what promises to be a raucous and motivated Tigers crowd at Comerica Park.

The Tigers and Yankees first pitch is set for 8:00pm with coverage beginning at 7:40 on AM 590 WKZO.

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