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Tuesday August, 29 2006.
Preview: Detroit Tigers v. New York Yankees
By mvyb, 11:49

As the Red Sox continue to falter ( now 7 games back) the Yankees need to start winning consistently and distancing themselves from all AL East opposition.
 
Now, this series with Detroit is important for another reason: homefield advantage in the playoffs. Detroit ( and Oakland) play very well at home, but struggle a bit on the road. You can see that homefield advantage could be a key factor in how far the Yankees advance in the postseason.
 
 
Game 1: August 29th, 7:05PM
Nate Robertson (11-10) v. Chien-Ming Wang (15-5)
 
Chien-Ming Wang is the ace of our staff with his team-leading 15 wins ( second best in the majors). He has shocked New York fans by his consistency and skill. Wang is 2-0 in his last 2 starts, beating Boston and Seattle on the road. But Wang pitches even better in the Bronx ( 9-2 with a 2.92 ERA).
 
 
Nate Robertson was beaten up badly in his last start ( against the  White Sox):
6.2 IP, 9H, 10R, 2BB, 3HR
 
He got very similar results in his only career start against the Yankees ( 0-1).
 
Yankee numbers against Robertson:
 
Rodriguez: .375 BA ( 6 for 16), HR, 5 RBI
Damon: .500 BA ( 7 for 14), 5 RBI
Giambi: .714 BA ( 5 for 7)
 
Robertson has struggled this month, 1-4 ( 5.03 ERA) Hopefully that trend will continue Tuesday.
 
Game 2: August 30th, 7:05PM
Wilfredo Ledezma (2-1) v. Randy Johnson (14-10)
 
Randy Johnson is 3-1 this month ( his only loss coming against the Mariners, but even in that game Johnson pitched well). In his only start against Detroit this season, Johnson shut out the team through six solid innings of work: 6IP, 2H, 3BB, 4K, 0R
 
NONE of the Detroit batters have good numbers against Johnson.
 
Wilfredo Ledezma has taken over for Mike Maroth ( currently on the DL). Ledezma won his only start of the season, but only pitched 5 and 2/3rds of an inning.
 
Ledezma only has one career start against the Yankees, which he lost after allowing 8 runs. Here are some individual stats against Ledezma:
 
Alex Rodriguez: 4 for 4, 4 HR, 6 RBI
Posada: .333 BA ( 1 for 3), HR
 
That's right folks.... Alex Rodriguez is 4 for 4 against Ledezma with 4 homers.
 
Game 3: August 31st, 1:05 PM
Jeremy Bonderman (11-6) v. Jaret Wright (9-7)
 
Let me guess, this one won't be a pitcher's duel.
 
Jaret Wright is 3-1 in 5 starts ( and 2 relief appearances) this month, alloowing only 1 home run. Wright is a career 5-4 against Detroit with a nice 3.45 ERA.
 
That's the good news.
 
The bad news is that Wright has been terrible lately ( both in runs allowed and innings pitched) with a wicked walk-to-strike-ratio ( 16-16).
 
 
Bonderman is winless in his last 6 starts ( 5.17 ERA), usually imploding in one certain inning. Jeremy is 2-3 career against the Yankees with a 4.85 ERA and 8 HRs allowed.
 
Yankee numbers against Bonderman:
 
Cano: .400 BA ( 4 for 10)
Damon: .333 BA ( 7 for 21), 2 2B
Posada: .357 ( 5 for 14), 3 RBI
Rodriguez: .263 BA ( 5 for 19), 2 HR
 
Conclusion:
 
Yankees will most likely win the series, maybe ( MAYBE) even sweep the Tigers. The Yanks have homefield advantage ( which is big against Detroit), pitching advantages in 2 of the 3 games, and heavy hitting advantages. Plus Detroit has been stumbling against sub .500 teams.
 
This could be a really good, confidence-building series for the Yankees if they play decently. And, maybe, A-Rod can catch fire against one of these pitchers he's hit well in the past.
 

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