Despite all the talk surrounding Michael Pineda and pine tar, it should not go under the radar that the New York Yankees (13-9) have won five of the seven meetings against the defending champion Red Sox this season. It was a great welcome home party for Jacoby Ellsbury, who had five hits and five RBI in the series. Now, the Yankees head back home for a long home stand that begins with a team that even without one of its best bats, still boasts the most home runs of any team in baseball.
The Los Angeles Angels (10-11) come into Yankee Stadium after taking two of three from the Washington Nationals.Even without Josh Hamilton, who has been out since April 9th due to a thumb injury, Los Angeles has hit 31 home runs and is third in the league in runs scored. Mike Trout is looking to get that elusive MVP award and he is off to a fast start (.315, 5 home runs, 14 RBI). Then, you have Albert Pujols. On Tuesday night, Pujols became the latest member of the 500 home run club. With eight home runs already this season, Pujols is showing the rest of the baseball world that his power is back after being hurt for almost all of 2013.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show, I give my take on the Pineda situation and read some of your Twitter responses to the 10-game suspension. Plus, Jose Serrano from Halo Hangout joined the show to talk about the Angels’ hot offense, but their inability to close out games after blowing a 4-1 lead to the Nationals on Wednesday that cost them a series sweep.
Here are some of the topics we talked about on the show:
- Angels’ offense not missing a beat with Josh Hamilton
- Mike Trout‘s insane numbers against the Yankees
- Pujols’ comeback season
- The Angels’ rotation giving too many free passes
- C.J. Wilson (Friday’s Starter) Thrives In The Bronx?
- Hiroki Kuroda‘s home success
- Garrett Richards the best Angels’ starter on the team? (Sunday’s starter)
- Ernesto Frieri‘s blown saves – a change at closer coming?
- Players To Watch (Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar)