Coming home after losing the last two games of a road trip is never a good feeling.
Any Yankees fan that watched the Tigers eliminate the Yankees last October remembers the game like it was yesterday.
I was there that night at Yankee Stadium, just like I will be there tonight; in the same seats, with the same hope but this time I expect a different ending.
The odds are certainly in Verlander’s favor; as he has held the active Yankee hitters to a .193 average, with 64 strikeouts in 223 at-bats.
The Captain is the only Yankee who has had some success against Verlander, as he has a .364 batting average against him, with 12 hits and four walks but no RBIs. That is because there was no Yankee on base to drive in; nor was any Yankee able to drive him in. So, the Captain became another LOB stat instead.
Personally, I cannot stomach, watching the Tigers closer Valverde do his celebration dance on the mound again, and I am sure the Yankees feel the same.
So, the Yankees will have to be as close to perfect as possible and I believe that they can.
PREDICTION: YANKEES BEAT TIGERS 5-3.