YGY Series Preview Show: Blue Jays-Yankees (5/17-5/19)


The New York Yankees (25-16) hit a little bit of a rough patch to start the homestand as they lost two out of three to the Seattle Mariners. Despite stealing the first game from Felix Hernandez, the Mariners were still able to hit the long ball with outfielders Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez hitting four combined home runs in the series. Seattle also put up a 7-run first inning on Phil Hughes, who didn’t even finish the first inning on Wednesday.

Also, the Bronx Bombers had some injury concerns occur during this series as they await test results on pitcher Andy Pettitte (tightness in his back) and catcher Chris Stewart (groin injury). Plus, Travis Hafner is still out of the lineup. However, the positive of the Mariners’ series is the debut of third baseman David Adams and the return of outfielder Curtis Granderson. Adams had a RBI double and Granderson had three hits in the loss on Thursday. Now, the Yankees will finish up the homestand with a familiar team that they have already seen seven times this season.

Will the Blue Jays be celebrating their first series win against the Yankees in 2013 this weekend? (Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)The Toronto Blue Jays (17-24) have been a disappointment so far in the young season. However,

John Gibbons

‘ team has won four straight games and seems to be on the right track. They got good news at the beginning of this week off-the-field as they found out that shortstop

Jose Reyes

could be back as soon as late June after he suffered an ankle injury the first week of the season. On-the-field, the team swept the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants in a mini two-game series while outscoring them 21-9. The Blue Jays are strong at hitting the ball out of the park with first baseman

Edwin Encarnacion

leading the way with 11 home runs. As far as the pitching goes,

Casey Janssen

is 10-10 in save opportunities and Sunday’s starter, R.A Dickey, has six quality starts already on the season. Will the Blue Jays this weekend play like the team that has won four straight games or the team that is 1-6 against the Yankees so far this season?

On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show presented by BaldVinny.com, I spoke with Travis Bateman from JaysJournal.com about this weekend’s series with the Blue Jays. We discuss the potential of Reyes’ early comeback, Toronto’s recent hot streak, and where the team will be when the Yankees face them again in late August. Also, we talk about the pitching matchups and the Blue Jays’ recent injuries. Plus, I recap the Mariners’ series and talk about my reaction to the Yankees losing 2 of 3 to start the homestand.