The New York Yankees (57-56)’ road trip ended in disaster as they finished up the trip 2-6, including being swept by the Chicago White Sox, a team that had previously lost ten games in a row. All eyes were on the return of Alex Rodriguez, who did have three hits in the series, as he is appealing his suspension. However, the Yankees’ offense still leaves a lot to be desired for fans and Andy Pettitte was awful once again on Monday. With the Yankees now seven games back for the second wild card spot and the team searching for answers on how to make one more run, they return home, without Derek Jeter, to face the hottest team in the American League that is on a 12-game win streak at the moment.
The Detroit Tigers (68-45) are winners of 12 straight games and are coming off of sweeping the Cleveland Indians in a four game series on the road to extend their lead in the AL Central to 7 games. Detroit had to deal with the consequences of BioGenesis as well as shortstop Jhonny Peralta was suspended 50 games. To replace him, the team acquired Red Sox’ shortstop Jose Iglesias in the Jake Peavy trade. Iglesias will love returning to Yankee Stadium, a place where he has hit .545 this season. When you talk Detroit, all things point to Miguel Cabrera, who most experts saying is having a better season than his Triple Crown season a year ago (.359, 33 HR, 105 RBI’s in 2013). The pitching staff still has Justin Verlander, but Max Scherzer is having an incredible season, boasting a 17-1 record with a 2.84 ERA.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show, presented by BaldVinny.com, Ricky talks about the debacle in Chicago and whether or not he feels the Yankees’ postseason chances are on life support. He discusses, as well, the home return of A-Rod this weekend. Matt Snyder from Motor City Bengals joins me to talk about Detroit’s 12-game win streak, Peralta, Iglesias, and how he feels about Detroit’s closer situation now that the team acquired Jose Veras at the trade deadline and dumped Jose Valverde.