Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia Have Schedules Reworked Due To Rain

Game 1 of the ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees was supposed to bring us a pitchers' duel for the ages. However, pouring rain has forced a suspension, which is obviously not good news for Justin Verlander or CC Sabathia, who had already put in some work.

The new pitching schedules? For Detroit, Verlander will now pitch Game 3, on Monday. Doug Fister will go Saturday when Game 1 resumes, Max Scherzer will go Sunday in Game 2, and Rick Porcello will go Tuesday in Game 4 (if necessary), with Fister slated for Game 5.

For New York? Ivan Nova will pitch Saturday and Freddy Garcia will pitch Sunday, with Sabathia probably pitching against Verlander in Game 3. Should he need a fourth starter, Joe Girardi is considering A.J. Burnett.

The downside here for the Tigers is that Saturday's Game 1 lineup will face a righty even though it was put together to face a lefty. The Yankees get it worse, though, because all of a sudden, Sabathia will start only one game, where he was originally likely to get two if the series advanced beyond three games. That's a big, big blow.

So that's the way things are for now. We'll see whether rain causes further complications on Saturday. Which it very well might.

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