How the Yankees Should Attack Justin Verlander
One of the tallest orders in baseball is facing an ace who has an array of pitches and can go deep into the game. Add to that someone of Justin Verlander's ability who is in complete physical and mental control. The Yankees have that task today.So how do the Yanks try and get to Verlander today? They should try the Bryce Harper model of hitting. Harper, the young phenom in Washington, attacks pitchers from the get-go. Don't let Verlander dominate you with strike one. Attack him. Swing early in counts. Hey, sometimes swing on the first two pitches in or near the strike zone. That forces Verlander to change his approach and maybe he slips up and throws a pitch that someone like Robinson Cano can blast.
Verlander may be the best pitcher in the game. The Yanks have to get to him early in the count and early in the game and also hope that CC Sabathia counters with a quality start. If not, Detroit will sweep the Yanks.
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By: Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike" 1-4, Yankees pre/post-game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.