May 28, 2010

Indians-Yankees series preview

The Yankees (28-19) haven’t faced the Indians (17-28) yet this year, and they should be excited to face a city where the main focus is on a basketball player named LeBron James instead of a team in season.

The Indians are 2-8 in their last 10 games, while the Yankees are only two games better in that span. The Bronx Bombers, who’ve scored 13 runs in their last six games, are coming off a series win against the Twins and the Indians just lost a series to the White Sox.

Pitching Matchups:

Date:Indians startersYankees starters
Fri., 7:05 p.m.F. Carmona (4-2, 3.45)Phil Hughes (5-1, 2.72)
Sat., 1:05 p.m.David Huff (2-6, 5.25)CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.86)
Sun., 1:05 p.m.J. Masterson (0-5, 6.13)A.J. Burnett (5-2, 3.55)
Mon., 1:05 p.m.Mitch Talbot (6-3, 3.73)Andy Pettitte (6-1, 2.62)

Players to Watch:
Indians: Shin-Soo Choo.
He is the only player on the roster with a batting average over .300 (.302) and should be in All-Star Game discussions if it weren’t such a popularity contest.

Yankees: Mark Teixeira. Suddenly, Teixeira has three two-hit games in his last four and is hitting .216. He also has a great track record against the Indians: .367/.444/.628 in 205 career plate appearances.

Also, keep a close eye on Curtis Granderson, who makes his return from the DL tonight.

A four-game series is tough to sweep, but this one might be as easy as they come. The Yankees have their rotation aligned perfectly, and I think a win tonight over Carmona would lead to a sweep. Although the Yankees lost last time I attended a game, tonight I will be attending without my parents. Andrew Fletcher and I will look to improve to 3-0 as a tandem.

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