August 17, 2009

Yankees-Athletics series preview

The Yankees (74-44) enter this series with Oakland 7.5 games up in the East, while the Athletics (52-65) are well out of the playoff race.

The Yanks swiped the first four games of the season series, and are 5-1 overall. These three games will be the last of the season, so the Yanks have already clinched the season series victory.

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Yankees starters Athletics starters
10:05 p.m., Mon. A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.71) Brett Tomko (1-2, 5.23)
10:05 p.m., Tues. CC Sabathia (13-7, 3.64) Vin Mazzaro (4-8, 5.54)
10:05 p.m., Wed. Chad Gaudin (5-10, 5.13) B. Anderson (7-8, 4.55)
Note: Tomko, who was on the Yankees a month ago, pitches against the Yanks tonight. Gaudin, a former starter for the A’s, pitches for the Yanks in the finale.

As Tyler Kepner pointed out, the A’s and Yanks have a little history of sharing players.

Yankees Athletics
Derek Jeter DH Adam Kennedy 3B
Johnny Damon LF Rajai Davis CF
Mark Teixeira 1B Kurt Suzuki C
Alex Rodriguez 3B Scott Hairston LF
Jorge Posada C Ryan Sweeney RF
Robinson Cano 2B Mark Ellis 2B
Nick Swisher RF Jack Cust DH
Melky Cabrera CF Bobby Crosby 1B
Ramiro Pena SS Cliff Pennington SS

My Outlook:
The Yankees are the best team in baseball right now, and it’s hard to see them losing a series to a last place team. However, the Yankees have a very unfavorable matchup  on Wednesday. I’d be willing to sacrifice it for a sweep of the Red Sox afterward.

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