By Matt Snyder
Tigers at Yankees, 3:07 p.m. ET, New Yankee Stadium, TNT
|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|
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.
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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.