After a good series in Seattle, the Yankees (37-29)’ series in Oakland ended with a disappointing 3-2, 18-inning loss on Thursday. After a two-run home run by Robinson Cano in the 1st inning, the Yankees did not score for the remaining 17 innings of the ball game. The starting pitching from CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes was subpar to say the least. Sabathia’s velocity was down on Tuesday and Phil Hughes could not make it out of the 5th inning on Wednesday. Now, the Bronx Bombers are on a three-game losing streak and wondering how the lineup is going to turn it around as they head to the City of the Angels for a Father’s Day Weekend Series.
The Los Angeles Angels (28-38) have been one of the more disappointing teams so far in the 2013 season. The team has been filled with injuries to their pitching in Jered Weaver for a time as well as constant plantar fasciitis to their superstar first baseman, Albert Pujols. Of course, the one constant on their team is left fielder Mike Trout, who is hitting near .300 average with 12 home runs and a .367 on-base percentage. The debate around Trout has been where to place him in the field and in the lineup with Peter Bourjos playing center field. Los Angeles’ bullpen is still a factor with Ernesto Frieri saving 14 of his 15 chances. However, fans in Los Angeles are wondering when the team is going to play up to their talent level due to losing seven out of their eleven games in June.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show, presented by BaldVinny.com (that was recorded Wednesday), I talked about the Yankees’ offensive ineptitude in Oakland. Then, I spoke with Michael Hllywa from HaloHangout.com about the hot seat on manager Mike Scioscia, Trout’s place in the Angels, Pujols, Josh Hamilton, and a whole lot more. Will the Angels keep the Yankees from reaching a .500 record on this West Coast trip?