Game 113 Recap: Yanks 5 Tigers 1

Headley HR vs DET

Insert obligatory “It’s Headley!” reference here. Courtesy of Getty Images

The Yankees were 1-1 against recent Cy Young Award winners in the first half of this series.  Last night they improved to 2-1 and set themselves up for an improbable series victory as Chris Capuano outdueled Justin Verlander and the offense provided some late insurance.

Capuano was positively brilliant in his 6.2 innings of work.  The only run he allowed came in the top of the 1st thanks to a Derek Jeter error, a wild pitch, and a Miguel Cabrera sacrifice fly.  After that it was smooth sailing for the veteran lefty thanks to his his changeup.  He stifled the Tiger lineup with it all night and limited them to 5 measly hits while striking out 8 and walking 1.

Verlander looked like his old self early, working the first run through the order perfectly.  It wasn’t until Jacoby Ellsbury singled to center with 2 outs in the 4th that the Yankees got their first base runner, but once they did that they did just enough against the new Verlander to take back the lead.  …

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Game 113: Zombie Verlander v. Capuano

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, check out Katie’s intriguing piece on the declining Justin Verlander, and remember that she is to blame if/when he rediscovers his Cy Young form of 2011 tonight.

Detroit Tigers New York Yankees
Rajai Davis, LF Brett Gardner, LF
Ian Kinsler, 2B Derek Jeter, SS
Miguel Cabrera, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Victor Martinez, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
J.D. Martinez, RF Carlos Beltran, DH
Nick Castellanos, 3B Brian McCann, C
Bryan Holaday, C Chase Headley, 3B
Andrew Romine, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Ezequiel Carrera, CF Martin Prado, RF
Justin Verlander, SP Chris Capuano, SP
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What to Watch For: Verlander vs Yankees

The Yankees will try to beat another former Cy Young winner tonight. (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Image

The Yankees will try to beat another former Cy Young winner tonight. (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Yankees will make history tonight even before they swing a bat, when Justin Verlander takes the mound in the bottom of the first inning.

According to the Elias Sports Bureua, this is the first time in major-league history a team has faced the last three Cy Young Award winners (Max Scherzer, David Price, Verlander) in three straight games.

There is one caveat: tonight’s starter may have the name “Verlander” on the back of his jersey, but he is a shell of the pitcher that won the award in 2011. With a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, he is on pace to have his worst season since 2008 when he led the league in losses and finished with a 4.84 ERA.

Cy who?
Verlander’s fastball velocity has declined every season since 2011 and opponents have increasingly been hitting his heater harder and harder each year.…

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Mid-Week Linkaround: 8/6/14

- On Monday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into Adam Warren’s regression and how it may be influencing the way Joe uses him.

– On Tuesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes advocated for bringing Michael Pineda back quickly as a way to replace David Phelps in the rotation.

– Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley made a case for the Yankees re-signing Brandon McCarthy after this season.  It’s a very strong case and I’m inclined to agree with him.

– Earlier this morning, Mike Axisa of RAB mused on the Matt Thornton move and what the Yankees might do as a follow-up with the money they saved.

– From the IIATMS team, William Tasker discussed Ichiro’s drop in production and whether or not it’s been good enough for him to keep his roster spot yesterday.

– On Monday, I kicked around some of the Phelps replacement options.

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Whither the 2015 Rotation

When it was initially reported that David Phelps complained of elbow soreness, a sense of surreal panic pervaded Yankees fans. It seemed a certainty that Phelps would join Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia on the “see you in 2015″ portion of the disabled list, with standing invites to Messrs Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda merely awaiting a signature. That pessimism has abated for at least a couple of weeks, however, as Phelps instead heads to the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis – which may well be the best-case scenario for any reports of elbow pain. Despite the team’s solid play of late and mere one game deficit in the Wild Card race, this news forced me to think of the future; or, more specifically, the future of the Yankees rotation.

The 2015 Yankees have the aforementioned Nova, Sabathia, Tanaka, Pineda, and Phelps under team control for next season – a full starting five, at face value. Of course, face value is ultimately meaningless, as Nova is likely out until next summer, Sabathia’s balky knee may be career-threatening, and Tanaka and Pineda should be filed under “TBD.” I say this not with the intent of being a downer; rather, I say this as someone with a healthy amount of curiosity.…

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Game 112 Quick Recap: DET 4 NYY 3

Brian McCann, Hiroki Kuroda

Courtesy of the AP

The need for extra relief help is obvious when you look at the kind of length the Yankees have been getting from their rotation and got last night from Hiroki Kuroda.  But when it gets to extra innings and your last available option is Matt Daley, the writing’s kinda on the wall.  Daley gave up the game-losing dinger in the 12th to spoil a very winnable game.

I’m not sure how fair it is to reference the Yankees’ history against David Price when half their starting lineup was playing in the NL last year, but those new guys seemed to do just fine against him.  Brian McCann popped a solo HR off him in the 2nd and Martin Prado did the same in the 5th for 2 of the 3 New York runs.  Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in the third in the 3rd.

Hirok gave up a run in the 1st on a pair of singles and a sac fly, but was otherwise cruising early.  …

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Game 112: Price v. Kuroda

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Pregame Notes 8/5: “It’ll Never Be the Same”

When Dr. Neal ElAttrache went in to clean up CC Sabathia’s right knee last week, he made a discovery that led to more optimism for the Yankees’ lefthander: a bone spur.

How is that a good thing?

“[The doctor] got in there and saw it, and was able to shave that out of there,” Sabathia said. “I think that was good – having him go in there and at least get a scope in there and see what is going on, try and put a plan together going forward.”

The removed bone spur wasn’t initially found in Sabathia’s MRI, but represents a sense of optimism in the future, that his knee is completely clean. More so, he was able to avoid microfracture surgery, saying the procedure “isn’t an option” considering it would likely mark the end of his career.

That doesn’t mean all Sabathia’s problems will dissipate, though.

“I’m always going to need something,” Sabathia said. “Whether it’s getting it drained, or PRP shots, or something, going forward there’s always something I’m going to need to do.…

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Can Jeter reach another milestone vs David Price?

Derek Jeter hits a home run off David Price for his 3,000th career hit on July 9, 2011. (Photo: MLB)

Derek Jeter hits a home run off David Price for his 3,000th career hit on July 9, 2011. (Photo: MLB)

How fitting is it that as Derek Jeter approaches yet another milestone – he is three hits away from tying Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time list – the pitcher on the mound tonight in the Bronx will be David Price?

Whether by ironic fate or mere coincidence, Jeter has had his share of memorable at-bats against the former Cy Young Award winner.

Most fans remember that Jeter’s epic 3,000th hit – a home run on July 9, 2011 – came at the expense of the lefty ace, but that is not the only time Price has been at the center of a Jeter highlight reel. Here are some of the other milestone hits by Jeter during their matchups:

•  Jeter tied Lou Gehrig for the most career hits at the old Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2008 when he hit a solo homer in the fifth inning off the rookie Price (who was making his major-league debut).…

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