Friday, April 27, 2012


The Detroit Tigers (10-9) roll into the Bronx this evening to play the first of a three game series.  The Yankees (10-8) need to bounce back after losing two-of-three in Arlington while the Tigers enter this series having dropped four straight, capping a 1-6 home stand.  Look, we all remember the last time the Tigers were at the Stadium...something all Yankee fans would rather forget.  So, although I'm sure none of the Yankee players would admit it, you know they have to have a bit of revenge on their minds.  I know as a fan I am always hoping for a sweep, but will certainly take 2-out-of-3 this weekend.  Okay, so let's take a look at tonight's match ups and the pitching match ups the rest of the series....

Tonight, 7:05pm
Pitching match upIvan Nova takes the hill for the Yankees and he will be up against the AL's reigning MVP and CY Young winner, Justin Verlander.  Nova has won his first 3 starts and has a healthy .ERA of 3.57.  While Verlander has pretty much picked up where he left off last year.  He's 2-1 with an outstanding .ERA of 1.79.  Good news for Yankees, Verlander has not won in the Bronx in almost 5 years!  Yeah, I know, amazing, right?  He is 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA in four starts at Yankee Stadium since getting his only career win in New York on Aug. 16. 2007.  Let's hope the Yankees keep his losing streak alive tonight.

Saturday, 4:05pm
Pitching match up (scheduled to change):  New York Yankees, Freddy Garcia (0-1, .ERA 9.75) vs. Detroit Tigers, Drew Smyly (0-0), 1.13 .ERA)

Sunday, 1:05pm (TBS)
Pitching match up (scheduled to change): New York Yankees, CC Sabathia (2-0, .ERA 5.27) vs. Detroit Tigers, Max Scherzer (1-2), 8.24 .ERA)

Who's Hot:
Derek Jeter enters this series as one of the hottest hitters, if not the hottest, in all of MLB. He is batting .420 and is 11 for 17 over the past four games. Jeter's 15-game hitting streak is his longest since a 16-game run from May 17-June 2, 2009. And on the Tigers side, make no mistake, Miguel Cabrera is the guy we have to hold. The guy just kills the Yankees. In his last 19 trips to the Bronx, Cabrera is batting .382 with 9 Home runs and 20 RBI.

--Mikey Blue, BYB Senior Writer
Twitter: @MikeyBlu23

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