Yankees ace CC Sabathia pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts while holding the Baltimore Orioles to just one run and four hits to help clinch Game 5, 3-1, to advance to the ALCS. Sabathia was 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA versus the Tigers in three starts during the regular season.
Similarly, the Tigers needed ace Justin Verlander in Game 5 of the ALDS versus the Oakland Athletics and he came through with 11 strikeouts in a complete game effort. Verlander was 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA in three starts versus the Yankees this season and his scheduled to pitch Games 3 and 7 (if necessary) in the ALCS.
Both Sabathia and Verlander went 2-0 in the ALDS.
The Tigers were 4-6 against the Yankees during the 2012 regular season. The Tigers eliminated the Yankees in the ALDS in both 2006 and 2011.