Despite losing 6-2 in 12 innings to the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday night and the latest injury setback to shortstop Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees have to feel confident about their play as of late. The Bronx Bombers have won seven of their last nine games and had the flare for the dramatic on the homestand. Whether it was Travis Hafner‘s game winning home run on Wednesday or Francisco Cervelli‘s game-tying home run last night, the Yankees have showed so far you can’t count them out of a game. Now, they make their way up north of the border to take on the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays (7-9) are not off to the ideal start they wanted due to the inconsistency early on of their starting rotation as well as some key injuries. They just got third baseman Brett Lawrie back from injury, but the one hole in their lineup is that they will be missing the leadoff man, shortstop Jose Reyes, for three months due to a severe ankle sprain. As for that aforementioned starting pitching, the Blue Jays have pitched much better of late, including winning two of three against the Chicago White Sox earlier this week. The series culminated with RA Dickey throwing six shutout innings in their win Thursday night. With John Gibbons managing his first Yankees’ series, expect the Rogers Centre to be rowdy for this one.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard show presented by BaldVinny.com, I spoke with Kyle Franzoni from JaysJournal.com about this weekend’s pitching matchups as well as the impact of Lawrie’s return and Reyes’ injury. Also, I go into detail about the latest Derek Jeter setback and my thought on the Yankees’ playing Sweet Caroline during the 3rd inning Tuesday night to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. This show is dedicated to those victims and the city of the Boston. Even though the Yankees and Red Sox are rivals on-the-field, the two organizations are united off-the-field and support each other in times of grief.