Game 19: Beat Verlander


The last time the Tigers met up with the Yankees was last year’s American League Division Series, and things didn’t end up so well. Now the Yankees are stuck in a 2 game losing streak where they’ve only scored 3 runs, and they have the grandiose task of taking on one of the best pitchers in the game, Justin Verlander. In his career, he’s held the team to a 3.97 ERA in 10 starts. Pitching against the Tigers is perhaps the Yankees most reliable starting pitcher, Ivan Nova. The right handed pitcher has been successful against the Tigers in the past, with his only scuffle being an injured start in game 5 of the ALDS. Here are tonight’s starting lineups for tonight, and there is a noticeable absence on the Tiger’s side.

RHP Ivan Nova v. RHP Justin Verlander
Yankees Tigers
Derek Jeter SS Austin Jackson CF
Curtis Granderson CF Brennan Boesch RF
Alex Rodriguez DH Miguel Cabrera 3B
Robinson Cano 2B Prince Fielder 1B
Mark Teixeira 1B Don Kelly LF
Nick Swisher RF Brad Eldred DH
Raul Ibanez LF Alex Avila C
Eric Chavez 3B Jhonny Peralta SS
Russell Martin C Ryan Raburn 2B

Check out Matt’s special preview of the Tiger’s series with blogger Alexandra Simon. The game starts at 7:05 PM EST on YES/MLBN.

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69 thoughts on “Game 19: Beat Verlander

  1. Professor Longnose

    I’m not afraid of Verlander.
    Of course, if I were standing 60 feet 6 inches away from the guy with a bat in my hands, I’d be petrified.

  2. Professor Longnose

    OK, when a fly ball bounced off Jose Canseco’s head and went over the fence for a home run, that was a worse play than Ibanez just made. But I can’t think of another one.

    • Phil C

      I’m surprised they’ll still going with an extra pitcher. Hughes & Garcia (or a replacement) must give them more depth.

      • Professor Longnose

        Even with the roster they have now, they need to play Jones in left even against a righty.

        • smurfy

          I kinda doubt Andruw would have gotten to that, but he would probably have kept it to a single. If it was Brett out there, an out for sure.

  3. Phil C

    Why no black armbands for Moose?

    • Professor Longnose

      Might have gotten the news too late. Maybe tomorrow.

  4. Phil C

    Three innings, three lead off hitters on…..not good.

    • Lots of groundballs for hits, it looks like bad babip. He’s missed a few spots so far too though. At least he’s missing down.

      • Professor Longnose

        Infield defense not great either.

        • Almost 5 groundball hits that inning. Nova looks pretty damn good at least.

          • Phil C

            Jeter & Chavez looked like statues. Maybe they balls were harder hit than it looked to me, but not much movement from them.

          • smurfy

            Yeah, he’s getting nickeled and dimed. He pitched out of two on, one out.

            The sorry fact is we need 2 off JV just to tie.

  5. Professor Longnose

    Jeter’s not getting his walks. When he stops hitting .400 that could be a problem.

  6. smurfy

    Dang, thought Grandy had one. If he makes good contact, hits it in the air to right, it usually goes.

    • Professor Longnose

      Yeah, sounded better than it was.

  7. Professor Longnose

    The Yankees should not be losing this game!

    • Phil C

      They got some good swings in that inning. If Nova can shut them down for the rest of his time, the Yanks have a chance. I think they’ll score again off Verlander.

      • Professor Longnose

        Yeah. But the runs the gave up…

  8. smurfy

    I missed the Yanks’ 4th. How did they score?

  9. Professor Longnose

    HR by Rodriguez.

  10. smurfy

    Ibanez was styli’ with that ice cream cone.

  11. smurfy

    I loved what Nova’s slider did to the batter after Cabrera. Half swung and fought to keep his feet.

    He killed Avila with it, too. The slider’s back!

    • Professor Longnose

      Nova is really turning out to be something.

      • T.O. Chris

        Yeah he’s a good, young, cost controlled arm. I’m not so sure I want him around for his next contyract, but he’s a solid middle of the rotation arm until his team control runs out.

  12. Professor Longnose

    All right, a leadoff baserunner. Build that run.

  13. smurfy

    Chavez can get around on Verlander. Convincingly.

    Haha, Russell puts us up!

    • Professor Longnose

      That’s OK, too.

  14. smurfy

    Boy, Arod walloped that to dead center. Must be the wind held that in.

    • Professor Longnose

      In front of the 408 marker. Would have gone out most other places in the stadium.

  15. Professor Longnose

    Oh, Cano!

  16. smurfy

    Damn! Gotta fight back again. Austin is playing us tough.

    Michael Kay said that this was not a good outing by Nova. I disagree. Bad breaks and sloppy defense.

    • Professor Longnose

      Emphasis on the sloppy defense. They’ve been terrible.

      • smurfy

        Cold weather?

        • Professor Longnose


          • smurfy

            Nah,not our boys. Mojo’s just slow as molasses.

          • Professor Longnose


  17. smurfy

    See? Ibanez payback!

  18. Professor Longnose

    Yes! THEY screw up on defense!

  19. smurfy

    C’mon Eric. Gear it up, because Verlander is. 3 97’s in a row.

  20. Professor Longnose

    Down by one run against Verlander in the 7th sounds a whole lot different from down by one run against Dotel in the 7th.

  21. smurfy

    alright, boys, let’s go! Hope they warmed the bats for you.

    • Professor Longnose

      Leadoff man on. 270 feet to go.

      • smurfy

        alright. alright, 90 to go!

        • smurfy

          and tied up! New game in the 8th!

      • Professor Longnose

        Now 90 feet to tie.

  22. Professor Longnose

    And the tying run comes in!

  23. smurfy

    c’mon, Swishie!

  24. Professor Longnose

    Nyeah, nyeah, Benoit.

  25. smurfy

    Sure wanted to put them away right there, so I’m disappointed. But pretty good work to tie it, anyway.

    • Professor Longnose


      Still anyone’s game. One of them has to go and win it.

      • smurfy

        I kinda would like to save Mo for a lead. Maybe Robertson could have gone two?

        • Phil C

          No way for Mo to get a save when tied after 8 innings. Hopefully he’ll get the win.

          • smurfy

            That doesn’t matter to me much. I’m just thinking what works best.

            Oh, well, they just need to knock a run around.

        • Professor Longnose

          Can’t have a lead. If they score, it’s a walk off.

          • smurfy

            yeah, I misspoke: I meant I wanted to save Mo for later.

  26. Professor Longnose

    Let’s see if Jeter can hold off from swinging at the first pitch.

    • Would be pretty hard to swing at that pitch.

      • Professor Longnose

        Yeah…and he walked. OK. 270 feet to go.

  27. Professor Longnose

    Angles released Abreu??

    • smurfy

      woo, that’s one way to deal with overstocks. That club is so ill-fitted. 3 1st basemen, 5,6 outfielders.

  28. Professor Longnose

    Another walk would be great.

    • smurfy

      90′ to go!

  29. Professor Longnose

    90 feet for the win!

  30. Professor Longnose

    A slide off!!

    • smurfy


  31. smurfy

    woo-hoo! Villareal threw hard with a lot of movement: thanks! Jete just made it.

  32. Professor Longnose

    Great win. See you tomorrow.

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