The Yankees’ pitching rotation took a turn for the worse on and off the field in Texas. Off the field, they found out that Michael Pineda will be out for the season with a torn labrum in his shoulder. The promising young pitcher will have to wait another season to show the potential that he has. On the field, Phil Hughes continues to be a shell of what he was during the 2010 season.
After losing two of three to the Rangers, the Yankees head home to take on the Detroit Tigers (10-9) in a rematch of last year’s ALDS. These teams appear to be dead even in a lot of ways as the Yankees get set to face reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander tonight. Prince Fielder is already showing his impact on the team as Miguel Cabrera is having another great start to his season. As far as their pitching rotation, Doug Fister is on the DL, but young lefty Drew Smyly is doing well in his absence and will see the Bombers for the first time Saturday afternoon.
For this podcast, I was joined by Garrett Craig from MotorCityBengals.com to discuss the pitching matchups, the Tigers’ offense, their pitching concerns, and the potential that we see this matchup again in the postseason: