Game 89: Tigers @ Yankees, 7/17/09

In the first game after the All-Star break, below are the starting lineups as per Pete Abraham.  Three lefties–JD, Matsui, and Cano–face the lefty French, who has good numbers in his four appearances.  On the one hand, the Yanks have frequently struggled against pitchers they have not seen.  On the other hand, the Yanks are battering lefties to the tune of .293, something they didn’t do last year.  The stellar average versus lefties is also tops in the AL, and second only to the Mets in the majors.  I like Cano seventh, no disgrace in this lineup, until he proves he can steadily produce in the higher spots in the order.  It also does much to solidify a very good bottom three with him, Swish, and Melky/Brett the Jet, with Melky getting the nod tonight, probably in some part because a.) he’s a switch-hitter, and b.) there are already three lefties in the lineup.  A sharp start right out of the gate for the nominal second half from Burnett would be most welcome.

Ten straight out of the break chute at home, with the sub-.500 Orioles and A’s to follow.  I’d love to see the Yanks start hot and win 8 or 9 of them.  Good starting pitching–cliche but true–is the key.

YANKEES (51-37)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (8-4, 3.77)

TIGERS (48-39)
Granderson CF
Polanco 2B
Cabrera 1B
Thames DH
Thomas RF
Inge 3B
Anderson LF
Laird C
Everett SS

Pitching: LHP Lucas French (1-0, 1.93).

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