The Yankees are looking at this game as it can get bad and it probably will with having Verlander on the mound. They have faced Justin 3 times this year but have only beaten him once that is a .3333% rate and that’s kind of the only good news New York Yankees have.
They are batting .192 in the American League Championship Series vs. the Tigers, scoring in one of 21 innings. They have five everyday players hitting below .200, including All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, who’s hitless in a postseason record 26 at-bats in a row.
So just look at it this way tonight facing Verlander, who is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA this postseason, striking out 22 in 16 innings, with a shutout in his last start. Even through he is human it will be hard for the Yankees to score on him and that can be a winning situation as long as they don’t put Valerde in like they did in game 1.