The New York Yankees (42-39) have hit yet another slide. For the third time this season, the Yankees have lost five games in a row. This time, the Baltimore Orioles handed New York a three-game sweep in Camden Yards. Chris Davis stole the show for the O’s as he hit three home runs in the final two games of the series. New York also got a setback on the mound from David Phelps, who gave up nine earned runs in his two inning start Saturday. New York has lost five straight against the Orioles for the first time since 1996 and is now closer to last place than first place in the standings. The question is now whether or not that this is the five-game streak that slips the Yankees out of contention or will playing the Twins and Royals 11 times in the next 14 games put them back in the race.
The Minnesota Twins (36-42) are a team that came into the season with the expectations set very low. In the offseason, they traded away both of their starting outfielders in Ben Revere and Denard Span. They re-vamped their entire pitching staff with players like Vance Worley, Mike Pelfrey, and Kevin Correia. Two of their pitchers are currently not with the major league team. Of course, the lineup still has Joe Mauer, who is batting .320 and Justin Morneau (48 RBI’s). However, the talk of the Twins is their rising young stars in leftfielder Oswaldo Arcia and Thursday’s starting pitcher Kyle Gibson. All in all, manager Ron Gardenhire has done a considerably good job since they are only 6 games back in the division.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show, presented by BaldVinny.com, I talk about how the Yankees did not make the grade on the contender scale this week. Then, I spoke with Brad Swanson from PuckettsPond.com about the Twins’ surprising start, some trade deadline nuggets on Morneau and closer Glen Perkins, plus some more information on Arcia and Gibson and Minnesota’s starting pitchers this week at Target Field.