Yankees: Scouting their toughest early stretch of the season

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 28: Ronald Torreyes
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 28: Ronald Torreyes /
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The Yankees are in the midst of their toughest stretch of the season. Will they stay red-hot against the American League’s elite?

The next couple of weeks will be a huge test for this surging Yankees squad. After wrapping up their three-game series on Sunday with the Angels, the Yankees will head to Houston for a four-game set, followed by back-to-back home series against the Indians and the Red Sox.

Although this upcoming schedule presents some challenges, there may not be a worse time for opposing teams to test these 17-9 Bronx Bombers. Entering Saturday, the Yankees have won eight straight and have outscored their opponents 62 runs to 17, crushing their opponents into submission. This continued on Saturday night when the Yanks beat down the Angels and took a 10-0 lead in only the second inning.

Let’s break down their remaining matchups and see where they may be favored.

1. Yankees vs Angels

Game three: CC Sabathia vs Tyler Skaggs

The Yankees will enter tonight coming off their eighth straight win with the veteran CC Sabathia (1-0, 1.86 ERA) on the mound hoping to extend the streak to nine. CC’s craftiness and reliability on offspeed pitches should play well against a good fastball-hitting team like the Angels, and Mike Trout should be prepared to see a steady dose of sliders all day from Sabathia.

Skaggs (3-1, 2.96 ERA) has gotten off to a good start in 2018, but his numbers will likely regress some to more closely resemble his career splits. With another opposing lefty, advantage Yanks.