Even though there has been so much on-the-field struggles and off-the-field stories, the New York Yankees were able to end the road trip with something they had not done in a while. They finally won consecutive games for the first time since August 15th. In the words from ‘Major League’, that’s a winning streak! New York gets a great outing from Phil Hughes and they leave Fenway Park with a series win over the Boston Red Sox. With the Bombers returning home tied for first place, will they end the nine-game homestand on top of the AL East? This weekend will start to answer that question.
The homestand begins with the Yankees taking on the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay is going through tough times of their own after being swept in Camden Yards by the Baltimore Orioles. They only scored six runs in the three games. Now, they head into New York trailing the Yankees by four games in both the division and the American League Wild Card race.
With David Price and James Shields slated to face the Bombers this weekend, is this the Rays’ last stand to stay in postseason contention? Both teams will need to cure their problems of closing games. This holds especially true for Tampa who has lost thirteen of their last sixteen one-run games. Ouch!
For this show, I went solo to talk about Tampa’s struggles and the pitching matchups for this series in the Bronx. Also, I talk about Andy Pettitte‘s return to the rotation Tuesday as well as the warrior shortstop that is Derek Jeter. Finally, who do I fear more going forward for the Yankees: Is it the Orioles or the Rays?