Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabathia both started Game 1 of the 2011 ALDS and allowed one run, but when the game was postponed in the 2nd inning due to rain, neither Jim Leyland or Joe Girardi opted to send their ace out a day later. Instead, both have been saved for Game 3, where they will pitch with the series split at 1-1.
Both pitchers had decent control, but obviously didn't have their absolute best in Game 1, with both pitchers giving up an early run. It's hard to guess exactly how sharp they're going to be for Game 3, but it's rare for either Sabathia or Verlander to have a dud of a game at any time.
Game Date/Time: 8:30 P.M. ET, October 3, 2011
Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
New York: C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA)
Detroit: Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA)
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