By now everyone is aware of the run R.A. Dickey is on, but the numbers are worth repeating…
Last six starts: 48.2 IP, 21 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 63 K
Opponents are hitting .131/.162/.175 in 168 plate appearances against Dickey during that stretch, which is almost exactly what NL pitchers have hit this season (.131/.165/.166). He’s coming off two straight one-hitters and has been just ridiculous. It’s been fascinating to watch and tonight the Yankees will get a first-hand look at the man who can actually command a knuckleball. Here’s the lineup…
SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
C Chris Stewart
LHP CC Sabathia
I suppose the plan is have Sabathia match zeroes with Dickey so it becomes a bullpen game. Easier said than done, of course. Anyway, first pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on ESPN. Enjoy.
Russell Martin Update: Martin (stiff back) is available as a pinch-hitter and is expected to start behind the plate tomorrow.