ALCS Game 3 MLB Playoff Picks: Yankees vs. Tigers Tips 10/16/12

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ALCS Baseball Picks
New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers

Date: Tuesday, October 16th, 8:07 ET
Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
MLB Betting Odds: Detroit -178
MLB Playoffs On TV: TBS

The 2012 MLB playoffs continue on Tuesday in Detroit, where the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees are going to do battle with one another. Don’t miss our MLB playoff picks and our Yankees vs. Tigers Game 3 ALCS predictions for the baseball playoffs!

Even the mighty Yankees might not be able to get out of this one. It wouldn’t be the first time that we saw the Bronx Bombers come back in a series to win after losing the first two games at home, but this is a heck of a lot different challenge. This year, the team isn’t hitting, but more importantly, it has a brutal set of pitching matchups ahead. Granted, winning this game can give CC Sabathia a chance to level this series on Wednesday, but that’s a task that is a heck of a lot easier said than done.

Justin Verlander is going to be on the bump in this one, and that means that it is going to be awfully tough for this struggling lineup to score any runs. Verlander has now led his team to six straight victories, but the best of the bunch came in Game 5 against the Oakland A’s five days ago. In that game, Verlander went the distance and allowed just a total of five base runners. He struck out 11 and didn’t allow a run, making sure that the bullpen didn’t have a chance to blow it on him. Phil Hughes is the sacrificial lamb that is going to have to figure out how to beat Verlander on the road. That’s a tough enough task for anyone, let alone someone who probably is the fourth best option that his team has in the rotation.

Here’s the problem with backing Verlander in this one: Anything can happen in any given day. New York’s bats aren’t going to continue being this bad. It might look like this is an impossible task against Verlander, but a team this good doesn’t ultimately deserve to be a +170 underdog against anyone.

New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers Pick: New York Yankees +170

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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