The New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers will play in their rescheduled Game 4 of the ALCS playoffs on Thursday, after the game was postponed on Wednesday night due to rain and adverse weather conditions. The Yankees know they have to deliver a win today or their postseason is over.
The game is scheduled to start at 4.07 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream via one of the postseason packages listed below.
In new team news the Tigers' manager, Jim Leyland, has said on Thursday that he has his full bullpen for today's game. That would mean that left-hander Phil Coke is available, and would be a big boost for Detroit after he saved the last two victories for Detroit.
The Tigers already have a commanding 3-0 series lead coming into today's game, and if they can win again in Game 4 they will be in the World Series.
The Yankees meanwhile have struggled offensively all postseason, but if they are to come good they will have to start now. They must perform one of the great comebacks in MLB history to overturn this three game deficit, and if they are to do that then some of their big names must step up.
With everything on the line the Yankees will look to C.C. Sabathia to lead them to victory tonight. Their best pitcher will be sent to the mound looking to blunt the Tigers' offense and give the New York hitters a chance to shine.
If anyone can quieten the Tigers it is Sabathia - in this 2012 postseason he so far has two wins and 17.2 innings pitched out of a possible 18. He has 16 strikeouts as well as a 1.53 earned run average.
Meanwhile the Tigers will be looking to book their tickets for the World Series by sending in veteran right-hander Max Scherzer. He has only started once this postseason so far, departing after 5. innings with a no-decision. Scherzer let in no earned runs, and recorded eight strikeouts, allowing just three hits.
The Yankees will be looking to force maximum pitches out of Scherzer early on to try and force the bullpen, which has looked a lot more shaky for the Tigers than their starting pitchers.
Today's Game 4 between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers starts at 4.07 p.m. ET and MLB.com and TBS are both offering packages to watch the MLB Playoffs online.
On MLB.tv a postseason package is available for just $24.99, and that includes live streaming, HD quality video, in-game stats and highlights and more. Sign up by clicking here.
TBS is also offering coverage through MLB.com on "TBS Hot Corner."
MLB.com has described:
"This year's media player allows fans more interactivity as they'll be able to choose between a Backstop Cam, Pitcher Cam, Dugout Cam and Batter Cam.
"With this year's Live Game Streaming application, fans will have the option to switch between live games, interact with other fans around the country in live chat rooms and vote in live polls. An on-site reporter will bring fans live reports and exclusive interviews throughout the game as well.
"The Hot Corner also offers exclusive on-demand postseason content featuring on-field postgame reactions from players and managers, sit-down player interviews, original postseason-themed music videos featuring rock 'n' roll legends Bon Jovi and a behind-the-scenes look into players' pregame and off-day routines."