When the Yankees first came home two weeks ago, it was to face the Angels and their new first baseman, Albert Pujols. This time it’s to face the Tigers and their new first baseman, Prince Fielder. Combined with Miguel Cabrera, the addition of Fielder might have given the Tigers the best one-two punch in baseball.
“They’re probably as good as it’s gonna get,” Joe Girardi said. “These guys can really swing the bats.”
Truth be told, the Tigers haven’t been overwhelmingly good this year, and Prince hasn’t provided the immediate impact most expected, but the Yankees are well aware that this is a dangerous team. It’s hard to forget last year’s division series.
“You better not make mistakes,” Girardi said. “Prince is dangerous because of the power. Miguel is dangerous because he has power to all fields. That right porch is short, and we’ve seen him use it many times. I’ve seen him use it when I managed him in 2006 and the stadium in Florida wasn’t a short porch. You have to be careful with both of them. There are a lot of guys in that lineup that, if you don’t make your pitches, they’re going to put big numbers up on you.”
Of course, the Tigers biggest weapon is the guy starting tonight’s series opener. Justin Verlander beat the Rangers in his last start, and he pitched at least eight innings each of his three starts before that.
“I’m sure we’ve beat him before,” Russell Martin said. “He’s definitely an ace — one of the best in the game, if not the best — but I’ll take our lineup against him any day.”
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