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Resetting the ALDS

The Tigers and Rays now have home-field advantage and that changes the equation

Updated: October 3, 2011, 11:46 AM ET
By Dayn Perry | FanGraphs

Both American League Division Series stand at 1-1, and that provides us with at least two key considerations. First, both series are now, for all intents and purposes, best-of-three series; and second, the lower-seeded team in each series now enjoys home-field advantage. Given these facts, is it time to recalibrate our expectations as far as the Detroit Tigers-New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays-Texas Rangers series are concerned? The short answer: yes.

Here's how the pitching matchups for rest of the Tigers-Yankees series will look:

Game 3 -- CC Sabathia vs. Justin Verlander
(at Detroit)
Game 4 -- A.J. Burnett vs. Rick Porcello
(at Detroit)
Game 5 (if necessary) -- TBD vs. Doug Fister (at New York)

That suspension of Game 1 on Friday night pushed each team's ace back to Game 3 and switched the venue. The latter consequence won't mean much to Verlander, who hasn't shown any home-road tendencies of note this season. The same goes for Sabathia.

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