Monday, May 2, 2011
Yankees look to shake struggles in Detroit
Bartolo Colon matchups to watch
Magglio Ordonez’s last three hits against Bartolo Colon are home runs, a run that dates all the way back to 2001. But he’s 3-for-his-last 22 against Colon.
Brandon Inge began his career 7-for-16 against Colon, but since is 1-for-his-last-7.
Justin Verlander matchups to watch
Mark Teixeira is 2-for-19 vs Verlander, but hit a three-run homer against him on Opening Day.
Nick Swisher started his career 2-for-3 with two HR against Verlander. But since he’s 6-for-his-last-41 against him.
Also on Verlander
This is the fifth straight season he’s entered May .500 or worse (he was 3-2 in 2006). During his career, Verlander is 9-14 with a 4.75 ERA in March/April, but is 49-21 with a 3.19 ERA from May through July.
Also on Colon
Bartolo Colon is 0-6 with a 7.20 ERA in his last nine starts against the Detroit Tigers. His last win against them was April 13, 2003. Colon enters the day with a sub-.500 record against three AL teams — the Tigers (8-9), the Boston Red Sox (8-10) and the New York Yankees (4-5).
Yankees at Comerica
The Yankees are 21-22 all-time at Comerica Park. They hit .195 in four games there last season, losing three.
Other items of note relating to that:
-Derek Jeter’s .245 regular season batting average at Comerica is his worst at any AL park. He was 1-for-17 there last season (.059 BA) and is 3-for-30 at Comerica since the start of 2009.
Derek Jeter vs Tigers
Comerica Park-- .245 BA, 3 HR, 9 extra-base hits in 36 games
Tiger Stadium-- .360 BA, 2 HR, 8 extra-base hits in 22 games
>> .369 BA vs Tigers in home games
Jeter is a .330 career hitter against the Tigers despite the Comerica struggles.
- Mark Teixeira is 4-for-28 at Comerica Park as a Yankee. His .220 batting average at Comerica is surpassed only by Fenway Park (.209) for his worst BA at an AL venue. His .244 career batting average against the Tigers is his worst against any team.
Miguel Cabrera has seven HR in his last eight games against the Yankees, six of them coming at Yankee Stadium.
May 2, 1939 is a significant date in Yankees history. It’s the date Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played ended - against the Tigers.