Being that I already wrote a CC Sabathia–Justin Verlander preview, there’s no sense in rehashing the entire thing, so just click here if you need a refresher. The primary aspect of the initial preview post that changes is that they’re not at Yankee Stadium anymore, which probably slightly favors Verlander, though it’s not as if Sabathia’s chopped liver on the road.
One trend I did want to note prior to tonight’s game is the Tigers’ effective deployment of the changeup against the Yankees thus far in the series.
In Game 1, the Yankees saw 20 changeups, 7 of which were balls, 4 of which were swinging strikes, 3 called strikes, 3 foul and 3 put in play.
- The Yankees got one hit on the 20 changeups; a Jorge Posada single. The other two balls put in play were groundouts.
- Two of the 20 were ball four.
- Of the four swinging strikes, two were strikes threes.
- Curtis Granderson saw 8 of the 20 changeups.