The Subway Series has come and gone as the Yankees used the home run ball to find a way to beat the New York Mets in two out of three games. The Bombers clearly wanted to make Mets’ closer Frank Francisco pay for calling them “chickens” earlier in the week. The Mets were very scrappy in the series with all of their base hits, particularly against C.C Sabathia, but it was home runs by Robinson Cano on Sunday and Raul Ibanez on Saturday that turned the series in the Yankees’ favor. Also, the bullpen for the Yankees gave them the edge, with the MVP of the pen being lefty Boone Logan. InterLeague Play is over and it is time to get back to American League Baseball!
American League baseball kicks into high gear this week as the Yankees begin a three game series with the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. The Indians have been a nice surprise in the AL Central. They are only 1/2 game behind the Chicago White Sox for the division lead despite their starting pitching not being so great. The pitchers’ ERA is one of the worst in the American League. What could hurt the Indians in the long run is the move the White Sox made yesterday in trading for former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
There are still many young players on Manny Acta’s club that could give New York some trouble. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera leads the team with a .296 average, second baseman Jason Kipnis leads the team in home runs and RBI’s, and center fielder Michael Brantley seems to find a way to gt a hit in nearly every game. It will be up to the Tribe’s pitching to step up if they want to take a road series and stay in contention.
For this edition of the Yanks Go Yard Podcast, I talked with Lewie Pollis and Steve Kinsella from WahoosonFirst.com to break down all things Tribe including some possible trade deadline moves, the Johnny Damon effect, and much more. Also, they ask me about potential Yankee moves, Derek Jeter‘s defense, and who I would take from the Indians. Go check out this fun creative show!
Also, remember, this week at Yankee Stadium is HOPE Week. This is always a great week for the Yankees to give back to the community by doing what HOPE stands for (Helping Others Persevere And Excel). This week, I hope we all find a way to do what the Yankees are doing in giving back to the community and helping fans’ dreams come true.
Tune in to the show on Wednesday night when we break down the Chicago White Sox!