The New York Yankees’ time in Detroit was not the most optimal for Yankees’ fans, but Sunday gave them a great sigh of relief. After a weekend of ineffective starting pitching from Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes plus an overworked bullpen, C.C Sabathia was able to outduel Justin Verlander on Sunday afternoon to salvage another series. For the Yankees, the regulars in the lineup are not pulling their weight as of yet, but new acquisitions like Vernon Wells (2 home runs), Lyle Overbay (4 RBI’s), and even Jayson Nix have stepped up to contribute to the Yankees’ offense. As the road trip continues, the Yankees will look to improve the efforts of their starting pitching as they will face a team that has much improved during the offseason and has hit around some of the top pitchers thru the first six games of the season.
The Cleveland Indians will have their first home series of 2013 this week. Their first season under new manager Terry Francona has brought a sense of higher expectations to the organization. Yesterday, Cleveland’s offense scored 13 runs against reigning AL Cy Young award winner David Price. Some of their new acquisitions include outfielders Michael Bourn and former Yankee Nick Swisher and designated hitter/first baseman Mark Reynolds (4 HR’s on the season). The starting pitching has also seen a great start from Justin Masterson (2-0. 0.69 ERA), who the Yankees will not face this week. Last year, the Yankees were 5-1 against the Indians. Can they repeat that success this year?
For this edition of the Yanks Go Yard series preview show, my special guests were Geordy Bouvreoux and Merritt Rholfing from WahoosOnFirst.com. On the show, we discussed the four pitching matchups in this series as well as how Swisher is doing in the Indians’ clubhouse. How do they feel the Indians will fare in this series and can they catch the Tigers in the AL Central? In return, they asked me about Mark Teixeira, Vernon Wells, and the Yankees’ farm system. Also, I discuss the decision the Yankees made to pitch Phil Hughes against the Tigers last Saturday.