The Yankees, who are coming off of dramatic win on Sunday to salvage a game in their three game set with the Rays. Sunday’s win also saw the return of Derek Jeter to the lineup, just in time for this big showdown in LA. The Dodgers are easily the hottest team in the National League the past month or so after taking over the NL West lead with this recent run of victories. These two teams seem to be going in opposite directions right now but with the recent addition of Alfonso Soriano for the Yankees and with the trade deadline looming this series has the potential to make or break these two teams seasons. The Dodgers used the off-day on Monday to shuffle their rotation and push by original game one starter Ricky Nolasco to Thursday to take on the Chicago Cubs.
The game one match-up will be Zach Greinke taking the bump for the home team and being opposed by the struggling Andy Pettitte. Greinke is 8-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 starts this season including a 5-1 record with a 2.56 ERA in eight home starts this season. Andy Pettitte has been more like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this season with a 7-8 record and a 4.39 ERA, including more than a few starts with one bad inning mixed in with five or six other very good ones. With an average ticket price of $150, although you can get in for as low as $32. Andy Pettitte is a big game pitcher and with the Yankees falling farther and farther out of the race and with the Dodgers streaking to the top of the NL West in the last month let’s hope this is the game that Andy turns things around.
In game two, Clayton Kershaw will get the ball for the Dodgers and former Dodger, Hiroki Kuroda, will pitch for the Yankees. Kershaw is having another fine season, going 10-6 with a major league leading 1.96 ERA in 22 starts. Hiroki Kuroda, who spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Dodgers, has become the Yankees ace ever since his arrival. Kuroda has also put up a 10-6 record this season with a 2.51 ERA. Currently, ticket prices are averaging $141 for the series finale, with a get-in price at a very reasonable $29 bucks.The Dodgers are 25-13 in games started by both Kershaw and Greinke this season so this looks to be a tough series for the Yankees to win when they need the wins the most. The Dodgers got hot when Zach Greinke and Hanley Ramirez got healthy and Yasiel Puig burst onto the scene a to storm to the top of the NL West all the way from fourth place in the division. Fourth place is currently where the Yankees are sitting, although 2.5 games behind in the Wild Card race, and are looking to have a similar run at the AL East crown. This should be a fun series for Dodgers and Yankees fans and the casual baseball fans alike.