How Yanks can shut down Fielder

Key matchups and players in New York-Detroit series, plus a prediction

Updated: October 13, 2012, 1:05 AM ET
By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs
Prince FielderThearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesPrince Fielder's pedestrian performance against southpaws can be exploited.

The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees will square off in the American League Championship Series. Here's a look at what to watch, who will win and why:

Key matchup: Prince Fielder versus Andy Pettitte

The Yankees getting extended to the limit by the Orioles pushes CC Sabathia back to either Game 3 (on three days' rest) or Game 4 (on normal rest), but the Yankees still have an excellent left-handed starter lined up for Game 1 -- Andy Pettitte. In fact, Pettitte was the toughest left-handed AL starting pitcher for left-handers to hit against this year, and Prince Fielder's problems with lefties aren't talked about enough.