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Posted on: October 2, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 8:17 pm
 

A.J. Burnett to start Game 4 for Yankees

By Matt Snyder

Embattled pitcher A.J. Burnett will start Game 4 of the ALDS for the Yankees, should the game be necessary, the team announced Sunday. Burnett was originally only going to pitch out of the bullpen in the series, but the rain suspended-Game 1 altered the pitching plans for both teams and a fourth starter was needed for New York.

Burnett, 34, signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal before the 2009 season and wasn't bad his first season. The Yankees won the World Series and Burnett was 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA in the regular season. The past two seasons, however, Burnett's been erratic at best and awful at worst. Combining 2010-11, Burnett is 21-26 -- and this is for one of the best teams in baseball, mind you -- with a 5.20 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. In 2010, he led the majors in hit batsmen. In 2011, he led the majors in wild pitches. He was shelled in his playoff start against the Rangers last season, and he managed both a hit-by-pitch and a wild pitch.

Basically, prepare for an adventurous Game 4. Burnett's taking the hill.

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Posted on: October 2, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 3:17 pm
 

ALDS Game 2: Tigers turn to Scherzer



By Matt Snyder


Tigers at Yankees, 3:07 p.m. ET, New Yankee Stadium, TNT

LINEUPS

Tigers Yankees
No. Name Pos No. Name Pos
1 Austin Jackson CF 1 Derek Jeter SS
2 Magglio Ordonez RF 2 Curtis Granderson CF
3 Delmon Young LF 3 Robinson Cano 2B
4 Miguel Cabrera 1B 4 Alex Rodriguez 3B
5 Victor Martinez DH 5 Mark Teixeira 1B
6 Alex Avila C 6 Nick Swisher RF
7 Jhonny Peralta SS 7 Jorge Posada DH
8 Wilson Betemit 3B 8 Russell Martin C
9 Ramon Santiago 2B 9 Brett Gardner LF
  Max Scherzer RHP   Freddy Garcia RHP

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Scherzer vs. Yankees:
He faced the Bronx Bombers twice this year and it was a tale of two ballparks. Scherzer was shelled in Yankee Stadium on April 3 (9 H, 6 ER, 4 HR, L) but masterful against the Yankees in Comerica Park May 4 (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 9 K, W). Unfortunately for Scherzer and the Tigers, the weather forced his start this series to Game 2 in New York. Still, it's been a while since either start and Scherzer has had pretty good success against the Yankees in his thus-far short career. He's 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in three career starts. The 27 year old has never pitched in the postseason, so we'll see how he reacts.

Garcia vs. Tigers: The 13-year veteran only saw the Tigers once this season and he didn't fare well (7 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, L). Just like with Scherzer, though, that was a long time ago. Garcia has a ton of history against the Tigers, as he's made 32 starts against them in his career. We know why, what with the several years playing for the White Sox in the AL Central. Garcia is 18-8 with a 3.88 ERA and 1.26 WHIP against the Tigers. Then again, it's not exactly these Tigers, as only three of them (Brandon Inge, Magglio Ordonez, Victor Martinez) have more than 30 career plate appearances against him. Of note: Ordonez hits Garcia well, but Miguel Cabrera owns Garcia, with a .391/.517/.826 line in 29 plate appearances. That's five singles, a double, three home runs and six walks against only 14 outs. Wow.

NOTES
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  • Including both regular season and the postseason, the series in 2011 is tied, 4-4, with the Yankees having outscored the Tigers 41-39. Needless to say, these teams appear pretty evenly matched. 
  • The last time Garcia was pitching in the postseason, it turned out just fine. He was a member of the World Series champion 2005 White Sox rotation. In three starts that postseason, Garcia was 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
  • Of the current Yankees, no one really hits Scherzer overly well -- in the incredibly small sample we have available. They have a collective .202 average with a .276 on-base percentage. Jorge Posada does have two home runs in just eight at-bats, while Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira also have homered off Scherzer.
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Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:47 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 12:25 am
 

Cano's near-homer breaks up pitcher's duel



By Matt Snyder


Game 1 of the ALDS between the Tigers and Yankees was supposed to be a matchup of aces; a pitcher's duel for the ages. It was set to showcase a pair of Cy Young candidates. And then Mother Nature intervened and we had to re-start Game 1 Saturday in the bottom of the second inning.

Early on, it looked like we'd get that pitcher's duel anyway, only this time it would be courtesy of Ivan Nova and Doug Fister.

Through five, Nova has thrown three shutout innings, allowing two hits and no runs. Sure, he was helped by a nice relay from Curtis Granderson to Derek Jeter to Russell Martin to nail Alex Avila at home plate, but no runs have scored, so that's the bottom line.

Fister, meanwhile, had been even better. He'd thrown three shutout innings, having allowed just two hits while striking out five and walking none. But a Curtis Granderson single and a near-home run from Robinson Cano gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead through five innings. The ball bounced right off the top of the wall in left-center field and came back into play. Two fans in the direct line of the ball even backed away and let the play run its course. The umpires used the replay review system and determined the call of no home run on the field would stand. Alex Rodriguez then flew out to end the inning, but the Yankees had notched an advantage.

Still, both offenses appear to be getting settled in. This thing is far from over.

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Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 9:36 pm
 

ALDS Game 1, Tigers vs. Yankees: Take two



By Matt Snyder


Tigers at Yankees, 8:37 p.m. ET, New Yankee Stadium, TBS

LINEUPS

Tigers Yankees
No. Name Pos No. Name Pos
1 Austin Jackson CF 1 Derek Jeter SS
2 Magglio Ordonez RF 2 Curtis Granderson CF
3 Delmon Young LF 3 Robinson Cano 2B
4 Miguel Cabrera 1B 4 Alex Rodriguez 3B
5 Victor Martinez DH 5 Mark Teixeira 1B
6 Alex Avila C 6 Nick Swisher RF
7 Ryan Raburn 2B 7 Jorge Posada* DH
8 Jhonny Peralta* SS 8 Russell Martin C
9 Brandon Inge 3B 9 Brett Gardner LF
  Doug Fister RHP   Ivan Nova LHP

* - Where the lineup will pick up. Remember, this game is resuming from the point it left off Friday night. The score is 1-1 as we head to the bottom of the second inning.

PITCHING MATCHUPS


Fister vs. Yankees: He's only faced the Yankees once this season, and it was coincidentally his last start with the Mariners. He took the loss and it dropped him to 3-12 at the time, but that doesn't matter. He worked seven innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs. Hardly an awful outing. He just got no run support, as was the norm before the trade. In his career, Fister has faced the Yankees three times and it's been ugly. He's 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and four home runs allowed in 18 innings. Current Yankees are hitting .302 with an .857 OPS against Fister, but it's a small sample size, as none of them have seen him for more than 10 plate appearances. Also of note: Fister has never pitched in the postseason.

Nova vs. Tigers: Not much to go on here, as Nova's never started against the Tigers. We have a one-inning sample from 2010, but do we really want to look at that? I wouldn't. It doesn't mean anything. As you'd expect, no Tigers have had more than three plate appearances against Nova, so that data would be worthless, too. Just as is the case with Fister, this will mark Nova's postseason debut.

NOTES
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  • Fister has been lights out since joining the Tigers. He's 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and his strikeout rate jumped from 5.5 per nine innings to 7.3. Better yet: His 57:5 K:BB ratio is absurd.
  • The Tigers won the regular season series 4-3, having outscored the Yankees 36-33.
  • Young's first inning home run Friday night was his ninth in 169 at-bats since joining the Tigers. He had four homers in 305 at-bats this season for the Twins.
  • The continuation of the game is due to the rule implemented by Major League Baseball following the 2008 World Series. Game 5 of the Phillies-Rays series was suspended for about two days and picked up where it left off. Under major-league rules at the time, it could have been ruled a complete game, as they had completed five innings. But commissioner Bud Selig noted the World Series is ruled by commissioner's discretion and he wanted a complete game. Just to firm things up, a rule was made that all postseason games will continue where they were stopped due to weather, with no exceptions.
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Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Bad weather alters Yankees-Tigers series



By Matt Snyder


Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers has been postponed due to heavy rains throughout the night. At 9:07 p.m. ET, the tarp was placed on the field and play was suspended in the middle of the 2nd inning with a 1-1 tie.

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On the TBS broadcast, MLB's vice president Joe Torre said the game will pick up where it left off Saturday night at 8:37 p.m. ET. Game 2 of the series will now be played Sunday at 3:07 p.m. ET and there won't be a scheduled day off for travel to Detroit. By Game 3 (Monday night), it will be back on schedule -- assuming the next two days don't bring the same weather woes.

The implications of this have the potential to shake the entire series. Aces CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander started the game. Sabathia threw 27 pitches and Verlander's thrown 25. Neither is going to come back Saturday night and Sunday night might be a stretch as well. But Game 3 on Monday? That's easily doable. And that's when they'll both pitch again.

Leyland has now announced that Doug Fister will take the ball when play resumes Saturday and Max Scherzer will go Sunday. Verlander then comes back on Monday with Rick Porcello slated for Game 4 and Doug Fister ready for Game 5, should the final two games be necessary. So this is a huge blow to the Tigers, who only get to use their ace once.

The Yankees will go with Ivan Nova when play resumes Saturday and follow with Freddy Garcia Sunday. That means CC vs. Verlander will take place in Comerica Park in Game 3. There hasn't been an announcement past that, but the Yankees' hand is likely forced to go with A.J. Burnett in Game 4 due to the circumstances, and then Nova would be ready for Game 5.

This is all assuming there are no further delays or postponements, and the radar shows that is entirely possible.

Suddenly the most important player in the series is Mother Nature.

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Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 9:37 pm
 

ALDS Game 1 Preview: Aces meet in Bronx



By Matt Snyder


Tigers at Yankees, 8:37 p.m. ET, New Yankee Stadium, TBS

LINEUPS

Tigers Yankees
No. Name Pos No. Name Pos
1 Austin Jackson CF 1 Derek Jeter SS
2 Magglio Ordonez RF 2 Curtis Granderson CF
3 Delmon Young LF 3 Robinson Cano 2B
4 Miguel Cabrera 1B 4 Alex Rodriguez 3B
5 Victor Martinez DH 5 Mark Teixeira 1B
6 Alex Avila C 6 Nick Swisher RF
7 Ryan Raburn 2B 7 Jorge Posada DH
8 Jhonny Peralta SS 8 Russell Martin C
9 Brandon Inge 3B 9 Brett Gardner LF
  Justin Verlander RHP   CC Sabathia LHP

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Verlander vs. Yankees: He only faced them twice this season, but it wasn't his best line. He had a 4.50 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 12 innings. The Tigers lost both of those games. The good news for Tigers fans is the last time Verlander saw the Yankees was all the way back on May 2. Since then, he is 22-2 with a 2.08 ERA. In three career starts in the New Yankee Stadium, Verlander is 0-2 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. But again, he's been the best pitcher in baseball since he's been there.

Sabathia vs. Tigers: Same as Verlander, Sabathia's seen Friday's opponent twice this season, but the last time was early May (the 3rd). He was 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in those two starts. In his career, Sabathia has faced the Tigers 32 times -- remember, he played in the AL Central for a long time -- going 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Of course, we have to remember, this includes numbers from the early 2000s, when the Tigers' lineup didn't even resemble what it is now. I'd pretty much discount those numbers, personally, but feel free to draw conclusions if you wish. Home and road splits are similar enough to be negligible for CC.

NOTES
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  • Surprised Posada is in the lineup? Don't be. He's hitting .333 with a .938 OPS in 26 career plate appearances against Verlander. Jeter (.357) also has a good career history against Verlander. On the flip-side, Rodriguez (.190), Cano (.174), Swisher (.167), Granderson (.167) and Teixeira (.136) have all been held in check by Verlander. He's only gotten in trouble against the Yankees with walks and homers. He just needs to throw strikes and keep it down. 
  • Again, if you believe the Tigers are so familiar with Sabathia because he used to pitch in the division, you need to look at the actual players. Only two have more than 27 career plate appearances against him: Ordonez and Inge. Two players jump out at me, one of each side of the spectrum. Cabrera is hitting .563 with two homers and 11 RBI in just 16 at-bats against Sabathia. Meanwhile, Peralta is 1-for-17 (059).
  • The Tigers won the regular season series 4-3, having outscored the Yankees 36-33.
  • Remember, these two teams were involoved in a three-team trade that sent Granderson to the Yankees and Jackson to the Tigers -- among several other players -- a few years ago. Guess it helped both teams, huh?
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