Despite a 1-3 start, the New York Yankees managed to salvage game three of their series vs. the Detroit Tigers, and spring themselves to a 1-0 series lead against the Cleveland Indians after winning 11-6 on Monday. If things play out anything like they did yesterday, the Yanks should find themselves in decent position to take game two as well.
Opposite one another on the mound are Andy Pettitte — possibly the Yankees’s best pitcher right now — and 26-year-old Carlos Carrasco. For some light history, Pettitte is 8-8 with a 4.17 ERA lifetime vs. the Indians, as Carrasco is 1-1 with a 4.91 lifetime against New York.
Both teams have the same record of 3-4, but had about as different offseasons as two teams could possibly have. Even more, it’s about the opposite of what you’d expect. For once, the Yankees were in dump mode in their efforts to duck under the luxury tax floor and have one of the least-expensive rosters they’ve had in years.
The Indians, meanwhile, splurged. Cleveland signed ex-Yankee Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Brett Myers, along with others. Having not finished above .500 since 2007, the Indians think they finally have the right mix of youth, experience, and ability to compete for the playoffs.
Carrasco will try to avoid the long-ball — something Ubaldo Jimenez was unable to do yesterday — and give the Indians their first home win of the season while reaching .500. Even if he never tends to keep things pretty, perhaps a will satiate a restless fan-base and its devoted attendees who sat through a 3-hour 50-minute loss yesterday.
Catch the game at 7:05 pm EST.