Game Three: Yankees at Astros 4/3/14

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Dear Ivan Nova,

Tonight isn’t exactly a “must win” game, it’s way too early for that, but it is most definitely a “should win” game. Now, with how stagnant the offense has been the past two games, we’re going to need for you to be pretty damn good. Like, so good that you pitch a shutout. Well, we also need the bullpen to help you out with that too. But do you think you can go out there and pitch like, oh I don’t know, seven or eight shutout innings? It would be really great if you could.

Thanks big guy.

So, yes, the pitching matchup is Nova vs. Brett Oberholtzer. Hopefully the Yankees can figure out how to hit this guy or this game thread will be 100+ comments of doom and despair.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Beltran DH
Teixeira 1B
Soriano LF
Cervelli C
Roberts 2B
Suzuki RF
Solarte 3B

ASTROS
Fowler CF
Grossman LF
Castro C
Altuve 2B
Carter DH
Krauss 1B
Dominguez 3B
Presley RF
Villar SS

Milestone update: Derek Jeter is coming into tonight’s game with 3,317 career hits which is good for ninth place on MLB’s all-time list. He is two behind Hall of Famer Paul Molitor who is obviously in eighth place because eight is ahead of nine, duh. And if Jeter were to tie or pull ahead of Mr. Molitor, it would also put him in fourth place on the all-time American League hit list.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.