After the New York Yankees did not bring their bats on the short road trip to Baltimore and Toronto, they will return home for the first installment of interleague play against the Cincinnati Reds. I am a fan of interleague play because it gives American League fans a nice change of pace to see National League teams once in a while.
As far as the on-the-field baseball is concerned, the three pitching matchups between the two teams this weekend appear to be even on so many levels. The Reds are continuing their New York trip after splitting with the New York Mets this week, but they are coming off of blowing a four run lead for Mat Latos yesterday. They are only 19-18, which is only a half game less than the Yankees’ record (20-18). However, Cincinnati is only 2.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.
We know the bats they have with Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Phillips as well as their young shortstop phenom in Zack Cozart. But, there are still many issues with the Reds just as there are with the Yankees in terms of their lack of hitting with runners in scoring position.
On this preview, I talked with Steve Engbloom, editor of BlogRedMachine.com to break down the pitching matchups, give them some advice on how to handle Aroldis Chapman, and talk about the success of their young guys so far. Plus, Steve asks me about Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and the Montero trade for his website.
Also, on the show, we announce a new supporter to the Yanks Go Yard Podcasts! You will have to listen to the show to find out that supporter!
Enjoy the show and as always, feel free to post your questions or comments on this article that will be read on future shows!