Tough Road Ahead
by Colin MacNeil, http://www.bronxbombersbeat.com
The New York Yankees are on a nine-game West Coast road trip, which started in Seattle last night and ends in Anaheim. The Yankees are going to be facing some really good pitching during this road trip starting tonight with reigning Cy Young Award winner – Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.01). Tomorrow, New York will face left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas (3-2, 3.86).
Oakland Series, 5/30 – 6/1
Monday: RHP Trevor Cahill (6-2, 2.02)
Tuesday: LHP Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.18)
Wednesday: LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-2, 2.20)
The Athletics don’t have an off day until the end of their series against the Yankees, so the rotation should stay as is. Gio Gonzalez is allowing a .186 opponents batting average this month.
Angels Series, 6/3 – 6/5
Friday: Jered Weaver (6-4, 2.35)
Saturday: Dan Haren (4-3, 2.24)
Sunday: Ervin Santana (3-4, 3.95)
The Angels have an off day before this series, but if they stay on rotation, they’ll have their top two starters to begin this series. Also, they could push Joel Pineiro (2-0, 2.67) in the finale.
We should see, Bartolo Colon (2-3, 3.77), Freddy Garcia (3-4, 3.26) and A.J. Burnett (5-3, 3.99) for the Oakland series. Ivan Nova and C.C. Sabathia are pitching in the Mariners series and won’t be able to pitch again until the Angels series.
With the Boston Red Sox on a tear as of late, the Yankees need to win these series’ to keep pace with the Red Sox. As of now, the Yankees are one-game behind the Red Sox for first place in the American League East.
New York has lost the first game of the Mariners series, 4-3.
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