June 4, 2010

Yankees-Blue Jays series preview

The Yankees and Blue Jays square off this weekend for the first time this season. If you haven’t been paying attention to the rest of the AL East, the Jays are no slouch.

Toronto is currently tied with the Red Sox for third place, trailing the Yankees by 3.5 games and first-place Tampa Bay by 5.5. The Jays just lost two of three to the Rays and before that swept the Orioles (like the Yankees just did).

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Yankees starters Blue Jays starters
Fri., 7:07 p.m. A.J. Burnett (6-2, 3.28) Brett Cecil (5-2, 3.81)
Sat., 1:07 p.m. Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.48) Ricky Romero (5-2, 3.14)
Sun., 1:07 p.m. J. Vazquez (4-5, 6.06) B. Morrow (4-4, 6.00)

Players to Watch:
: Derek Jeter. He hits a lot of grounders and they’ll have a better chance of skipping through on the Rogers Centre’s turf field.

Blue Jays: Vernon Wells. He has a great track record against the Yankees over 144 games and is mashing at home this year to a tune of .360/.379/.730.

Prediction: This is the only tough series of a long stretch for the Yankees, and the only one they have a reasonable chance of losing. I don’t expect any sweeps, but don’t be surprised if Toronto takes two of three.

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