The New York Yankees’ trip to Coors Field was not pleasant if you like a lot of runs, however, the team was still able to take two of three in the series. Manager Joe Girardi had some interesting lineup combinations in the series such as hitting pitcher David Phelps in the #8 spot of the lineup and Vernon Wells even playing third base due to a double switch. The Yankees (20-13) also got solid starting pitching from Phelps, Hiroki Kuroda, and CC Sabathia (pre-rain delay). Even though it is only May 10th, it is good to see the Yankees in a three-way tie for first place in the AL East with all the injuries they have had to key players. This weekend, the Bronx Bombers will spend their Mother’s Day in a place that was a house of horrors for some Yankees in 2012 and a team that has high expectations for the 2013 season in the AL Central.
The Kansas City Royals (18-13) made some vast changes to their pitching rotation in the offseason by trading for Ervin Santana, James Shields, and Wade Davis while also signing Jeremy Guthrie during free agency. This is a team in a market that has been yearning for a winner since the days of George Brett. Now, they are building around their two corner infielders in first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas. The problem for manager Ned Yost has been his team’s lack of offensive firepower (23rd in runs scored) as opposed to its great pitching staff (5th in ERA). Plus, the atmosphere should be electric because the Yankees are coming to town and it is also the first trip for New York to Kansas City since Mariano Rivera hurt his ACL on the warning track or Robinson Cano getting booed at last year’s Home-Run Derby.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show presented by BaldVinny.com, I recap the series in Colorado and talk about Curtis Granderson‘s first rehab game in Scranton. Plus, I spoke with Mike Vamosi from KingsofKauffman.com about Kansas City’s new expectations, their bullpen, as well as Ned Yost’s lineup combinations. We also dive into the missed call by Angel Hernandez in Wednesday’s A’s-Indians game.