The Rangers and Tigers moved within a win of the ALCS Monday. Here’s the Stats & Info roundup of Monday’s action on the diamond.
Rangers 4, Rays 3 (Rangers lead series 2-1)
The Tampa Bay Rays have a stranglehold on young talent in recent postseasons. Desmond Jennings became the third player under the age of 25 to have a multi-homer game since 2000. The other two were his teammates, B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria, in the 2008 postseason. He’s also the fourth leadoff hitter in the last 20 years to hit two home runs in a postseason game. The last person to do so was current teammate Johnny Damon.
Colby Lewis picked up the win for the Texas Rangers. He’s the first pitcher to allow one hit or fewer in a road postseason start of at least six innings since Derek Lowe in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS for the Red Sox against the Yankees. Lewis improves to 4-0 in the postseason.
Both hits for Mike Napoli, including his go-ahead seventh-inning home run off David Price, came on a two-strike count. During the regular season with two strikes, Napoli ranked second in the majors with a .291 batting average and led the league with a .509 slugging percentage.
Looking ahead: The road team has won seven of the eight postseason meetings between the Rangers and Rays.
Yankees 5, Tigers 4 (Tigers lead series 2-1)
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, CC Sabathia had lost his last four starts at Comerica Park, dating back to 2007 when he was with the Cleveland Indians. While he earned the no-decision Monday, Sabathia tied a career high with six walks against the Tigers. He’s only walked that many three times in 355 regular-season games, but this was the second time in 15 postseason starts.
Most Strikeouts in Win vs Yankees
MLB Postseason History
Justin Verlander struck out 11 New York Yankees in eight innings. He’s the seventh pitcher to record more than 10 strikeouts in a postseason win against the Yankees. Sandy Koufax tops the list with 15 strikeouts during the 1963 World Series. Verlander’s 11 strikeouts are the third highest total for a Tigers pitcher in the postseason, trailing Joe Coleman (14 in the 1972 ALCS) and Bill Donovan (12 in the 1907 World Series)
Delmon Young put the Detroit Tigers ahead with a solo home run in the seventh inning, his second homer of the series. It was the first go-ahead home run in the seventh inning or later by a Tiger in a postseason game since Magglio Ordonez’s walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS.
Looking ahead: The Yankees have lost four of five ALDS when facing a 2-1 deficit, including the 2006 series against the Tigers.
Of note: Since 1995, teams are 19-4 in League Divisional Series when they win Game 3 after splitting the first two. (Source: Elias Sports Bureau)