As the rosters expanded on Sunday, the New York Yankees (72-64)’ chase for the playoffs took a little bit of a hit on Sunday. Even though the Yankees were able to beat the Baltimore Orioles two games out of three over the weekend, the team blew a 3-0 lead in the series finale. After Joe Girardi pulled Andy Pettitte with two men on in the 7th, relievers Shawn Kelley and Joba Chamberlain gave up seven runs in the inning to give the Orioles the victory. That being said, New York still stands just 3.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot with 26 games to go and saw a great pitching performance from Ivan Nova on Saturday afternoon. As the season heads into Labor Day, the Bronx Bombers get set to take on an opponent that they will be looking to get revenge against after being swept against this team on the road last month.
The Chicago White Sox (54-79) are not on the ten game losing streak that they were when they last faced the Yankees, but are still in the midst of an awful season. Over the weekend, Chicago was swept by the other Sox, the Boston Red Sox, up at Fenway Park. Robin Ventura‘s team looks a lot different than it was when the White Sox swept the Yankees last month. Alex Rios is now a member of the Texas Rangers outfield, but the team does have Avisail Garcia in their outfield. Garcia was acquired by the White Sox in the Jose Iglesias trade. In the bullpen, their young closer Addison Reed, has 36 saves in 41 opportunities. The future looks somewhat bright for Chicago as long as Chris Sale is heading the rotation with his 2.99 ERA.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show, presented by BaldVinny.com, I discuss what the Yankees should take out of their series win in Baltimore and the impact of the expanded rosters. Plus, Matt Adams and James Fegan from Southside Showdown joined me to preview the White Sox series as we discussed Reed, Adam Dunn, and the pitching matchups. Finally, I talk about the significance of a locked in Robinson Cano over the past week.