We know how much Joe Girardi likes his binder and his match-up numbers. So with the Yankees just a few hours away from facing Justin Verlander in a crucial Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, here are the stats he'll have to struggle with when making out the lineup card:
Alex Rodriguez or Eric Chavez?
Chavez is 9-for-25 (.360) with a home run in his career against Verlander, and Rodriguez is a .267 hitter (8-for-30). But A-Rod also has three home runs. Though A-Rod hasn't hit in this series (1-for-7) or in this postseason, Chavez hasn't necessarily been tearing the cover off the ball either (0-for-3 in the ALCS). So do you go with history or power potential (emphasis on the potential)?
Nick Swisher or Brett Gardner?
Gardner lost most of the season to injury, however, he's 5-for-11 off Verlander in his career. The struggling Swisher is 11-for-61 with three home runs. Gardner doesn't have the reps, but Swisher doesn't appear to have the confidence right now.
Can I put a mustache and glasses on Ichiro and bat him several times in the order?