Tigers @ Yankees Series Preview

It gives me great pleasure to write up the first series preview of the 2011 season.  The Yankees will open things up at home against the Tigers in a three game set being played Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  It is the point in the year where everyone is optimistic and anything can still happen (except for the Mets getting rid of that debt).  Cheap shots aside, let’s take a look at the pitching match-ups:

Thursday

Justin Verlander (18-9, 3.37 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (21-7, 3.18 ERA)

Saturday

Brad Penny (3-4, 3.23 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (10-15, 5.26 ERA)

Sunday

Max Scherzer (12-11, 3.50 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (18-8, 4.19 ERA)

All three match-ups are very good as they should be seeing as though it is the first series of the season.  It should be noted that after playing in a simulated game today, Curtis Granderson will play on Opening and will start in center field.  Also, Joe Girardi said that he is still unsure who will lead off against righties.  He knows that Jeter will be leading off against lefties most likely followed by Nick Swisher.  It will be a surprise when we see the lineup tomorrow, but my guess is that Gardy will be leading off followed by the captain.  It will also be interesting to see how this supposed great bullpen starts the year off.

Would you have Brett Gardner lead off against righties? (Noah K. Murray/The Star-Ledger)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have had March 31 circled on my calendar for the last couple of months and now that it’s finally here I can’t believe it.  In less than 24 hours, the Yanks will be playing in their first game of the 2011 season.  The Bombers have lost their last two Opening Day games, so let’s see if their fortune changes and they can finally start out 1-0.

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