As far as the Yankees’ series went against the Cleveland Indians, it had some highs and lows. The high was that the Yankees were able to get their 4th sweep in six series and received some great starting pitching from Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes. However, the strength of the back end of the rotation is going to be tested. CC Sabathia is going to miss two starts at least with a grade one strain of his adductor muscle. That wasn’t even the worst of the news. The lefty Andy Pettitte is going to miss at least six weeks with a broken fibula in his left ankle.
Now, the Yankees are going up against the Chicago White Sox. Chicago is 40-35 and in first place in the American League Central under new first-year manager Robin Ventura. They are getting some big contributions from their bats in Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn in terms of the power. Plus, they just brought in former Yankee enemy in Boston, Kevin Youkilis, to improve their production at third base.
The strength of their team has come from their young ace and the young closer. Chris Sale just got his 9th win against the Twins and in my opinion, he should be the starter for the American League in Kansas City. Plus, their closer, Addison Reed has eleven saves in twelve opportunities so the back end of their pen could be a problem for the Bronx Bombers.
For this show, I spoke with Matt Adams of SouthSideShowdown.com to discuss all things Chicago White Sox. We talked about their success so far, can their young kids hold up the rest of the way, and we poke some fun at both Hawk Harrelson and John Sterling. Matt then asked me about the Yankees’ injuries as well as what losing Mariano Rivera will feel like if they make the playoffs.
Enjoy the show and remember to tune in Sunday night when we preview the series with the Tampa Bay Rays! Also, enjoy the rest of HOPE Week and Old Timer’s Day!