Series Preview: Yankees at Tigers | 6/1/12-6/3/12

Pitching Matchups

Friday, 6/1/12, 7:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, LHP
Last Start: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 6-2, 3.66 ERA / 3.74 FIP / 3.31 xFIP, 8.71 K/9, 2.65 BB/9 in 71.1 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Casey Crosby, LHP 
Last Start (vs. AAA-BOS): 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 10 K, 1 BB, 1 HR
On the Season (in AAA): 4-2, 4.26 ERA / 3.52 FIP, 10.13 K/9, 4.62 BB/9 in 50.2 IP

Crosby will be making his major league debut on the mound tonight in Detroit.

Saturday, 6/2/12, 7:15pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
Last Start: 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 4-6, 3.96 ERA / 5.01 FIP / 4.35 xFIP, 5.43 K/9, 3.08 BB/9 in 61.1 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Rick Porcello, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 3 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 3-4, 5.21 ERA / 4.39 FIP / 4.14 xFIP, 5.53 K/9, 2.37 BB/9 in 57.0 IP

Sunday, 6/3/12, 1:05pm ET

Pitching for the Yankees: Phil Hughes, RHP
Last Start: 5.1 IP, 7 ER, 11 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 HR
On the Season: 4-5, 5.64 ERA / 5.04 FIP / 4.34 xFIP, 8.37 K/9, 2.22 BB/9 in 52.2 IP

Pitching for the Athletics: Justin Verlander, RHP
Last Start: 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 10 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
On the Season: 5-3, 2.55 ERA / 2.31 FIP / 3.08 xFIP, 9.07 K/9, 1.77 BB/9 in 81.1 IP

NYY Offense

Who’s Hot

— Mark Teixeira – 11 for 24 with 3 doubles, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

— Russell Martin – 4 for 13 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not

— Eric Chavez – 2 for 17 with 1 double, 3 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

— Derek Jeter – 7 for 27 with 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K in the last 7 days

DET Offense

Who’s Hot (much of the Tigers’ lineup):

— Prince Fielder – 15 for 28 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB in the last 7 days

— Alex Avila – 8 for 18 with 4 doubles, 3 RBI, 3 BB in the last 7 days

— Miguel Cabrera – 12 for 31 with 5 doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB in the last 7 days

— Andy Dirks – 8 for 22 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 1 BB in the last 7 days

Who’s Not:

— Brendan Boesch – 4 for 23 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K in the last 7 days

— Ryan Raburn – 2 for 12 with 1 RBI, 6 K in the last 7 days

Enjoy the series!

About Mike D.

Mike D. is one of 2 co-founders of the Yankees Fans Unite Blog. He has been a Yankees fan for as long as he can remember, growing up in a family of huge NYY fans. His knowledge of the game comes from watching baseball his whole life, and playing third base in high school and college.

Posted on June 1, 2012, in Series Previews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Little story to lighten things up a bit
    I was fishing one day when a young man joined me. we started talking about baseball and he said he was taking a few weeks off from baseball.
    It seamed he was a pitcher for a minor league team and was not getting the job done.
    I began by asking him what he threw and the speed of each.
    He said a 90-93+/- FB, very good change, curve (working on) a power slider that is workable and a so so cutter.
    I asked him how he threw, short or long arm, side, over the top, 3/4 what?
    He started by saying, what do you mean short or long arm? I asked him to show me, he did, he was another Ewell Blackwell type (long arm). I told him there were a bunch of kids (17-21) playing at the park (very good park), the fish don’t like us, let’s go.
    He was a bit impressed when I told him I had a big time fast ball at about 78-82, he laughed and said most people say they had a 92-95 fastball, let’s go.
    Well, to try and make this short I asked him (with the blessing of the kids) to just pick up the ball and throw to 1st a few times, well it showed me his natural motion is short arm. I asked him to throw all his pitches.
    His fast ball had good pop and jump, his change could be a big time pitch (had great feel for it) but, I asked him to throw his cutter after 3 changes and change again. I asked him how many times he was beat by throwing a cutter after a change or a change after cutter. Then do the same with a curve and cutter and a slider and a curve.
    Then I asked him to just mix-up the FB, curve, and change. It seemed as though a light went off in his head. After explaining what Eddie Lopat told me about using short and long arm with the same pitches gave one six pitches not three (and worked for me somewhat) junk the cutter and slider. Unless they are dependable pitches…they go a long way when hit.
    The following spring he showed up while I was fishing, we talked an had a good day with our catches. As we were leaving he said he had done very well in the winter league and would be moved up a step.
    His pitching coach liked his idea of dropping his cutter and slider and try short arm but, the coach told him to stay with his motion (as had I) he said he is getting a bit more bite on his pitches and was thinking about adding his cuter to the mix come ST. I suggested he forget about the slider and concentrate on making his pitches great.
    His name was Chris ???????. I moved to another state, later that year. Never have seen him again. I hope it worked out for him.

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