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9.30.2011

Justin Verlander vs. CC Sabathia: Welcome to the 2011 Postseason


Update: The game was suspended due to torrential downpours in the second inning. Play will resume Saturday night at 8:37pm ET.

It's starting to get cold up in here here. The leaves are falling, the flowers are dying, and birds are literally getting the hell out of Dodge.

That can mean only one thing: it's time for some playoff baseball.

And what better way to warm up on a Friday night than to watch the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees? Exactly. There is no better way. Especially when you'll have Justin Verlander pitted against CC Sabathia, two of the premiere aces in the AL.

Verlander, who went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts during the regular season, is all but a lock for this season's Cy Young Award. Meanwhile, Sabathia is a career 15-12 with a 4.84 ERA against Detroit, after spending much of his career in the AL Central with the Cleveland Indians.

None of that really makes a difference at this point though. It's like a whole new season, a clean slate with everyone's numbers reset to zeros. The last time these two teams met in the postseason was back in 2006, when the Tigers ended up winning the AL pennant. Any predictions?

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