The New York Yankees’ West Coast trip began on a good note over the weekend in Seattle. The Bronx Bombers (37-26) were able to take three of four from the Seattle Mariners and get a small amount of revenge for Seattle taking two of three at the Stadium next month. New York got great pitching performances from Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte and timely hitting from an unlikely hero in Chris Stewart due to his 9th inning single in Sunday’s win. Now, the team has won six of its last seven games and has taken the bad taste out of their mouth from the debacles against the Mets and the Red Sox. Now, the Yankees will look to get a little more redemption against the team that also beat them two out of three at home last month.
The Oakland Athletics (38-27) are building off of their success from last year’s AL West title with another solid start to their 2013 campaign. Obviously, Yoenis Cespdes still is the centerpiece of Bob Melvin‘s lineup with 13 home runs to lead the tea. However, keep an eye on third baseman Josh Donaldson, who is hitting .324 on the season and also leads the team in RBI’s, hits, and on-base percentage. The A’s are a team that can score runs (7th in MLB) and 10th in quality starts. They have a ton of quality arms, including Tuesday’s starter Bartolo Colon, who is 7-2 with a 3.14 ERA. Right now, Oakland and Texas have separated themselves in the AL West and it should be a good race between these two teams the rest of the way.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard show presented by BaldVinny.com, I recapped the Yankees’ series win in Seattle and my thoughts on their 1st round picks during the MLB Draft. Then, I was joined by Devin Pangaro from SwinginAs.com to discuss Oakland’s hot start to the season, the struggles of their set-up man, and any concern about the A’s being a home run or bust team. Plus, Devin dissects the A’s and Rangers going forward. Keep in mind that the show was aired live on Sunday night!