Previewing The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees
Jul 22, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitterCarlos Beltran
(36) bats against the Texas Rangers during a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Shane Greene, because of the Capuano acquisition, will be bumped back to the Sunday finale, as Chase Whitley now finds himself in the bullpen. Even with the change, Carlos Beltran is the player everyone should keep their eyes on. Against Sunday’s scheduled starter J.A. Happ, Beltran absolutely owns the lefty. In 20 at-bats, Beltran is hitting .350, with 3 home runs, 6 RBI, and a double. His OPS is 1.214. Simply amazing.
The Captain, Derek Jeter also has had success against Happ, hitting .545 in 11 ABs, with a pair of bombs and 3 driven in. The other Yankee who has had success against the lefty, won’t see the series, as Kelly Johnson remains on the disabled list with a groin strain. Newcomer Chase Headley even has 10 official at-bats against Happ, and has gone exactly 1-for-10. If Beltran and Jeter can live up to historical norms, Happ could also be in for a long day.
With all of the rumors swirling about the Yankees being in on established starting pitchers such as Ian Kennedy, Jorge De La Rosa, John Danks, and Bartolo Colon, Greene’s time not only in the starting rotation, but with the big club could soon be coming to an end. After two extremely solid outings, the wheels came off for Greene, as he committed three errors in one inning. He is the first Yankees’ starting pitching to play such poor defense since Tommy John did so back in 1988.