Pettitte (troubles with Tigers) set for Game 1
October, 13, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
It'll be Andy Pettitte in Game 1 of the ALCS.
And if the numbers are any indication, it could be an interesting night for Pettitte and the Yanks.
The veteran lefty's career regular season numbers against the Tigers are hit-and-miss. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is 4-for-12 with two homers and a double against Pettitte. Delmon Young is 11-for-19 with three doubles and four RBIs against the lefty. Jhonny Peralta is 6-for-16 with three homers and nine RBIs over his career against Pettitte.
The 40-year-old Pettitte was sitting in the bullpen in Game 5 of the ALDS and hadn't had much time to consider the Tigers' lineup when speaking to reporters after the game.
Here's what he had to say:
"Obviously you have Cabrera in there and (Prince) Fielder, great hitters. (You) just hope you can go out there and make quality pitches. Nothing different, you know, just try to make quality pitches," he said.
Pettitte, who missed nearly three months in the regular season with a broken bone in his foot, gave up three runs on seven hits in seven innings in Game 2 against Baltimore, a 3-2 Yankees loss.
He has the most playoff wins of all time, though, so his career numbers against Detroit should be taken with a grain of salt.
Still, Pettitte knows to be careful with Cabrera & Co.
"He will be a big key," Pettitte said of Cabrera. "To try to shut him down, I don't know if you can shut him down. But to try to keep him from doing too much damage in the series, that's the key to us wining the series, that's for sure."
Girardi did not announce a Game 2 starter. Hiroki Kuroda, who started Game 3 on Wednesday, is a candidate to throw on short rest. David Phelps, who tossed 1 1/3 innings in Game 4, is another option. A third possibility is Derek Lowe, who is not stretched out and tossed a third of an inning on Thursday.