The Yankees needed to win Game 1 of this series, and despite trailing 5-1 heading into the eighth inning, they did just that, rallying to a 6-5 victory that had to have been utterly demoralizing for a Rangers team that jumped on
That stands in direct contrast to how
The bullpens could well come into play again Saturday as neither
That history might be slight, but it along with his home/road splits (3.47 ERA and just five of his 25 home runs allowed away from Yankee Stadium) reinforced the Yankees' decision to start Hughes in this game. Hughes' last two road starts were poor, but he has since started three times at home, facing the Rays, Red Sox, and the Twins in the ALDS, and has posted a 1.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP while allowing just one home run in those 19 1/3 innings, albeit with the benefit of some luck on balls in play.
Lewis, meanwhile, has gone 3-1 with a 2.04 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings over his last six starts, including his no-decision in the ALDS, which saw him keep the Rays off the board for five innings despite uncharacteristically walking five men. Lewis, who spent the last two years pitching for the Hiroshima Carp, has only faced three members of the current Yankees, and only one of them,