The run of zeroes continued for the Yankees. It had been so long since they had crossed home plate that Eduardo Nunez needed a formal introduction to home when he crossed after a ninth-inning home run. But the Tigers are one win away from putting them out of their misery. There's a new standard for consecutive scoreless playoff innings from a starting staff. After Justin Verlander kept the Yankees scoreless through the eighth inning, the Tigers' streak of 30 1/3 innings passed the 29 straight scoreless playoff innings by the Oakland Athletics in 1974. The Yankees warranted all of the emergency sirens. They can't hit. Robinson Cano has become Robinson Cannot. Their captain couldn't even make the trip because of impending ankle surgery. They couldn't come close to selling out Game 2 at their gold-bricked stadium. Their fans have turned on them. Where they were once veteran and experienced, they're now old and weary. But anyone even remotely familiar with the Tiger teeter-totter this season understood that the true pressure was on the home team Tuesday. The Tigers are a team uneasy with comfort. Pat them on their backs, and they immediately fall down. Most assumed that it was already a foregone conclusion that the Tigers were destined to a World Series Game 1 date a week from now at the National League champion's park. Hasn't everyone learned their lessons regarding the price of overconfidence with this team? Game 3 set up perfectly for the Tigers. All the variables favored them -- a fired-up Comerica Park crowd with Verlander spitting fire. That should've made everyone as nervous as watching Jose Valverde pulling off his jacket and taking warm-up tosses in the bullpen.
Justin Verlander simply the ace of Tigers' stacked deck of starters
Detroit Free Press | Oct 17