July 26, 2010

Yankees-Indians series preview

The Yankees start their week on the road against the lowly Indians after winning six of nine at home to start the second half. The Tribe isn’t playing a lot like the last placed team they are, winning seven of 10 after the All-Star break thus far.

Still, even with their hot stretch, the Indians remain 16 games below .500 and 12.5 games out of first in the AL Central.

Head to Head:
The Yankees took three out of four from the Indians at the end of May, and they did it with offense, offense and a little bit of offense. They averaged more than nine runs per game and the only loss came at the hands of Joba Chamberlain.

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Yankees starters Indians starters
Mon., 7:05 p.m. J. Vazquez (8-7, 4.68) J. Westbrook (6-6, 4.74)
Tues., 7:05 p.m. CC Sabathia (13-3, 3.18) Josh Tomlin (0-0, 0.00)
Wed., 7:05 p.m. A.J. Burnett (8-8, 4.77) F. Carmona (10-7, 3.51)
Thurs., 7:05 p.m. Sergio Mitre (0-2, 3.99) Mitch Talbot (8-9, 4.08)

Dustin Moseley (0-0, 4.22) is taking Mitre’s spot start Thursday.

Players to Watch:
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez
. He’s sitting on 599 homers. Everyone going to these games in Cleveland are there for one reason: To see A-Rod’s 600th.

Indians: Trevor Crowe. He has led the Indians’ charge in the second half with his .343/.410/.571 hitting line. Also, if I’m remembering this right, Crowe made a sensational grab in center back in May at a game I attended.

This doesn’t seem fair. The Yankees are in an easy part of their schedule, but are playing teams that are overachieving. The Indians were supposed to be a breeze, but now I see they’re hot and I’m having some doubts. I’ll be happy with a series split but don’t be surprised if Josh Tomlin throws eight shutout innings in his major league debut tomorrow night and the Indians sweep.

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