The New York Yankees started off their homestand well over the weekend by taking two of three against the Baltimore Orioles. Even though Phil Hughes struggled on Saturday in giving up three home runs, the Yankees got excellent starting pitching from CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. Plus, they saw the bats come alive with home runs from Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner and turned a triple play on the defensive side on Friday. Over the last week, the Bronx Bombers have lived up to their moniker, outscoring their opponents 36-14. Not all the news is great for New York as they found out that Andy Pettitte will not pitch till Friday because of the problems with the back spasms. Ivan Nova will get the start on Tuesday instead. Nova’s start will christen the Yankees’ first InterLeague series of 2013 against a team out west that’s off to a surprisingly hot start.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were a team not predicted by the prognosticators to win the NL: West against the likes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and defending World Champion San Francisco Giants. This was in due to part to the loss of their franchise outfielder Justin Upton, who was traded to the Braves during the offseason. Even with that trade, manager Kirk Gibson has his guys buying into the team concept with young stars like Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero becoming the focal point of the offense. Also, they have some solid young starters in Wade Miley and Patrick Corban who will both face the Yankees this week.
On this edition of the Yanks Go Yard show presented by BaldVinny.com, I spoke with J.Levi Burnfin and Thomas Lynch from VenomStrikes.com to discuss this series and the 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks. We discuss their 8-4 start, Arizona’s young pitching, Ian Kennedy‘s progression. Plus, they ask me about the progression of Phil Hughes and the Yankees’ injuries. Finally, we discuss Jackie Robinson and his impact on baseball with the recent release of the movie “42”.
Finally, our thoughts and prayers at Yanks Go Yard go out to the Boston Community after the tragic events that occurred in Boston Monday afternoon. They may be our rivals in baseball, but we are all Americans and we all stand together in times like these.