The New York Yankees’ (31-23) miserable week concluded on Sunday night as the Bronx Bombers lost 3-0 to the Boston Red Sox. Even though Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are back in the lineup, the team managed to score only five runs in the series against Boston. There was great pitching by CC Sabathia on Friday to snap the team’s five-game losing streak. However, there was Saturday when the inconsistencies of Phil Hughes showed up again when he gave up a grand slam to Mike Napoli in the 3rd inning to blow the game open. New York went from being in first place a few weeks ago to now in a tie for 3rd in the AL East. That being said, New York can still bring themselves some positive momentum to their upcoming West Coast trip with a good series against another surprise team in the American League.
The Cleveland Indians (30-26) did face the Yankees earlier this year at Progressive Field, but now they come to Yankee Stadium just a win away from being tied with the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. New manager Terry Francona has the team believing that they can compete at the top of a division that has underwhelmed so far in the eyes of many prognosticators. The bats for the Indians have been solid, whether it is Michael Brantley‘s .299 average in left field or the surprising 13 home runs that DH Mark Reynolds has had so far. The big question was their pitching staff. That question has somewhat been answered with the emerging ace, tonight’s starter, Justin Masterson (8-3).
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show, presented by BaldVinny.com, I recap the Yankees’ struggles against the Red Sox during last night’s rain delay. I also discuss the possible roster moves that could be made today when the Yankees bring back Andy Pettitte to the rotation. Then, I welcome Brian Heise and Nick Houghtaling from Wahoo’sOnFirst.com to discuss the Indians’ surprising hot start, the return of Nick Swisher to the Bronx, and any concerns at the closer position with Chris Perez on the disabled list. We also have a little fun in discussing the Major League movies and Game 7 tonight for LeBron’s new team, the Miami Heat. I will be at tonight’s game between Masterson and Pettitte, which is projected to be the best pitcher’s duel matchup of the series.