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. 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. 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.

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

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

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

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

    • 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.

  5. 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!

      • 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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