Deeper Yankees have edge at home 

October, 6, 2011
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Doug Fister/Ivan NovaGetty ImagesDoug Fister or Ivan Nova could decide who goes on to face the Rangers in the ALCS.

There are few things more exciting than an elimination game, which is what we have in the Bronx tonight. Here’s what I’m looking for in Game 5 of the ALDS between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers:

• Rookie Ivan Nova put together the quietest 16-win season in recent memory. What is also fresh on the Tigers’ minds is the Yankees' 9-3 win in Game 1, in which Nova gave up just two runs on four hits and four walks, striking out five. Nova’s composure and demeanor will help him stay in control during this pressure-filled start. He’s figured it out, doesn’t pitch like a rookie and will run through the Tigers’ lineup two or three times before he comes out.

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