Forgive me if I keep this one short, but it’s no fun recapping boring games. And that’s exactly what this was, if you were a Yankee fan. The Tigers won the game handily, 4-0, led by Max Scherzer and his lights out stuff. Scherzer pitched eight innings of shutout ball on 109 pitches. He allowed only four hits, while walking just two and striking out nine. In fact, Scherzer struck out every Yankee starter at least once except Curtis Granderson, who managed one of those four hits.
For the Yankees, Freddy Garcia was serviceable. Freddy pitched into the eighth inning, allowing four runs on ten hits. That’s actually precisely the kind of performance the Yankees wanted to get when they signed Garcia. It only seems disappointing after the flashes of brilliance he’d been showing recently. On the whole, he wasn’t that bad. His only mistake was a mistake was a pitch he let Magglio Ordonez deposit into the people.
I am now convinced that the Yankees are uncomfortable playing these early season series’ in Detroit. For those who don’t know, I attended the entire four game set the Bombers played in Comerica last season. That series was eerily similar to the first three games of this series. The weather was brutal (I’ve seen a lot of sleaves on the players so far this year) and the Yankee bats died entirely. My gut tells me that the combination of the bad weather and Comerica puts the Yankee bats into a funk.
The Yankees look to fight to a draw in this series tomorrow, in a day game. A.J. Burnett toes the rubber for the good guys, while Rick Porcello is on the stump for the Tigers. A.J. and Porcello have similar numbers on the season to date, but in a push it’s hard not to favor the home team, especially given the silence we’ve seen from the Yankee offense. Game time is one pm.
On a final note, Joe Girardi said in his post game interview that he took Derek Jeter out late in the game because Jeter’s hip was bothering him. According to Joe, it’s nothing serious and Jeter is day-to-day, so his quest to get to 3,000 hits entirely with infield singles is not threatened.