The Yankees series in Detroit comes to an end with a genuine pitcher’s duel. C.C. Sabathia and Justin Verlander wont be facing high noon, but they will be pitching under a cloud…ran clouds that is. With an estimated window of three hours before the onset of a major storm, the matchup of aces may be the only reason the Yankees and Tigers are able to play the game to completion.
Sabathia has been no stranger to bad weather this season. He has already picked up a rain shortened six inning victory and had another start halted after 4 2/3 innings because of a rain delay. Once the game starts, you can be sure both teams will push to get the game past five innings so as to not lose a start from their respective aces. Of course, with runs always at a premium against pitchers like Sabathia and Verlander, you can also expect more small ball in the early going.
As one would imagine, neither lineup has had much success against the pitcher they will face today. For the Yankees, only Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez can boast impressive numbers against Verlander, while Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Gerald Laird have had their share of success against Sabathia. Each team’s offense will likely center around those players.
The Yankees lineup also features yet another new twist as Juan Miranda makes his season debut at 1B. Miranda was activated before the game in place of Kevin Russo, who was optioned back to Scranton. Also in the starting lineup for the first time is Greg Golson, who replaces Nick Swisher (bicep tightness) in right field.
|vs. Justin Verlander||PA||BA||OBP||SLG||HR||RBI|
|Derek Jeter SS||16||0.400||0.438||0.400||0||0|
|Brett Gardner CF||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Mark Teixeira DH||14||0.083||0.214||0.083||0||0|
|Alex Rodriguez 3B||13||0.300||0.462||0.600||1||4|
|Robinson Cano 2B||14||0.286||0.286||0.357||0||0|
|Jorge Posada C||11||0.100||0.182||0.200||0||3|
|Juan Miranda 1B||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Randy Winn LF||3||0.000||0.333||0.000||0||0|
|Greg Golson RF||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|vs. CC Sabathia||PA||BA||OBP||SLG||HR||RBI|
|Austin Jackson CF||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Johnny Damon DH||19||0.222||0.263||0.222||0||1|
|Magglio Ordonez RF||69||0.262||0.333||0.525||3||17|
|Miguel Cabrera 1B||9||0.625||0.667||1.000||1||6|
|Brennan Boesch LF||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Brandon Inge 3B||55||0.149||0.273||0.149||0||1|
|Gerald Laird C||14||0.417||0.500||0.750||1||2|
|Scott Sizemore 2B||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Adam Everett SS||6||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Yankees vs. Tigers|
|Season: 2010||Season: 2009||Season: 2008||All-Time|
|DET: 2-1||NYY: 5-1||DET: 4-2||NYY: 1036-921|