The Bronx Bombers begin their second half of the season tonight as they try to continue their positive momentum from their 52-33 first-half record. Their opponent will be a team that is coming into their own as well in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels are right in the thick of things in the AL West as well as being one of the front-runners for one of those two wild card spots.
This series is very interesting because the Yankees are going to see two of the Angels’ top pitchers in C.J Wilson and Jered Weaver. Over the last two months, they have been the hottest pitchers in the American League. Wilson has been a quality start machine, while Weaver has given up one run in his last 27+ innings.
The Yankees are throwing Hiroki Kuroda, Freddy Garcia, and Ivan Nova in this series. I am interested in seeing whether Kuroda can bounce back from his Fenway debacle, can Freddy continue his positive momentum from Fenway, and can Nova continue his progression to becoming a future number two or three starter in my estimation.
The smaller storyline is the MVP-race heating up. We will see two of the front-runners in the American League for that award in Robinson Cano and Mike Trout. Trout changes a game in so many ways with his speed, defense, and power. However, Cano is locked in at the plate and I think those boos in Kansas City might give him a little bit of extra motivation.
For this show, I caught up with the new co-editor of HaloHangout.com, Jason Evans, to talk about the Angels and their chances of getting Zack Greinke at the deadline as well as their chances to catch the Texas Rangers in the division. The discussion continues when we talk about whether Trout and closer Ernesto Frieri can keep their great seasons going.