The best news is the game starts at 8:07 and not 8:37 Thursday night. Maybe it will get over before midnight-- then again maybe not. You figure game five for the Tigers and Yankees in New York will be slow and deliberate. Doug Fister vs. Ivan Nova-- the combatants for most of game one after the rain delay last Friday. Pressure on both. How much is the home field worth? I'll bet it is significant even though the Tigers of course can win the game. Baseball is that way-- in one game, especially between good teams, the visitor can have a good night.
Hunch. The Yankees win. Curtis Granderson turned it around with that catch Tuesday in centerfield in the first inning. If the Tigers go up 3-0 right out of the chute maybe the Yankee hitters press a bit. We'll never know. But Granderson saved A. J. Burnett who struggled on the mound in that inning and then settled down-- at least enough. The Tigers only had four hits all night long.
Nova was very good against the Tigers but again, on one night, surprises can occur. The winner gets the Texas Rangers and I'll guess the Rangers would rather face the Tigers because they would have home field advantage. The next series is a best of seven and the Tigers just hope they can fly from New York to Dallas instead of home to pack up and head into the off season. Stay tuned.