Even though the New York Yankees’ homestand was abbreviated because of Sunday’s postponement, the Bronx Bombers (27-16) were still able to go 3-2, including a two game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. In this series, the young players in David Adams and Austin Romine got some big hits in timely situations on Friday. There was masterful pitching by Hiroki Kuroda on Friday and even David Phelps put up a solid outing on Saturday. Not to mention, Yankees’ fans saw two home runs from Robinson Cano and the return of Travis Hafner. New York may have also caught a break from the rain because now they could skip Vidal Nuno, who was taking Andy Pettitte‘s place in the rotation while he is on the disabled list. That means also that CC Sabathia will now make his start Monday night against a team that he was great against last year in the ALDS that is going through some turmoil themselves in the month of May.
The Baltimore Orioles (23-20) have hit their own slide in the month of May as they come into this series on a five-game losing streak. This streak entails being swept by both the San Diego Padres and the Tampa Bay Rays. The team lost one of its most consistent pitchers in Wei-Yin Chen to a strained right oblique injury and has seen their great closer (Jim Johnson) blow each of his last two save chances. That being said, this is a team that packs a punch on the offensive side. They are 3rd in the MLB in runs scored and 5th in batting average. Plus, the Orioles have seen the young career of Manny Machado bloom right in front of them. The third baseman is hitting .328 with five home runs and 26 RBI’s. Manager Buck Showalter is able to put him anywhere in the lineup and create a dangerous top of the order with Machado, first baseman Chris Davis (12 home runs), and center fielder Adam Jones (.322 average).
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show presented by BaldVinny.com, I recapped the short Blue Jays’ series and broke down the Yankees’ recent acquisition of former Rays and Rockies’ infielder Reid Brignac. Also, I broke down the upcoming series with special guest Matt Lund from BaltimoreSportsReport.com. During this interview, the two of us talk about the pitching matchups, as well as the emergence of Machado, the impact of Chen’s injury, and if there is any concern about the recent struggles of Jim Johnson. Plus, is there panic in Baltimore after the team’s recent five-game losing streak? You will have to tune in and find out that answer.