The Detroit Tigers entered Wednesday one win away from advancing to the World Series, but that was put on hold after Game 4 was postponed due to rain. Instead, the Tigers will take their shot at sweeping the New York Yankees in the 2012 ALCS on Thursday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
Detroit, though, will have to get past Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who -- along with Max Scherzer -- had his start bumped back. The good news for the Tigers is this: the delay means that the teams will lose an off-day if the series goes seven games, making it nearly impossible for Sabathia to start another game after Thursday.
Sabathia has been brilliant in the playoffs so far, allowing just three earned runs and striking out 16 batters in 17.2 innings pitched across two starts against the Baltimore Orioles. He made one start against the Tigers in last year's division series, allowing four earned runs in 5.1 innings while allowing seven hits and six walks. He also appeared twice in relief, where he gave up two earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched.
Scherzer, meanwhile, allowed no earned runs in 5.1 innings vs. the Oakland Athletics in his one start in these playoffs. In last year's playoffs, Scherzer gave up no earned runs in six innings in one start against New York -- he also allowed an arned run in 1.1 innings in one relief appearance.
Wednesday's game will start at 4:07 p.m. ET, with TBS carrying the broadcast.