August 12, 2010

Yankees-Royals series preview

The Yankees start a four-games series with the lowly Royals tonight, and I’m betting the Yankees will be carrying quite a bit of momentum after last night’s comeback victory.

The Royals are tied with the Indians for last place in the AL Central and are well out of playoff contention. That doesn’t mean these are giveaway games for them, however; no games are.

Head to Head:
The Yankees took three out of four in late July, and this weekend is the last time the Royals will see the Yankees this year.

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Yankees starters Royals starters
Thurs., 8:10 p.m. CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.14) Bruce Chen (7-5, 4.44)
Fri., 8:10 p.m. D. Moseley (2-1, 3.86) Kyle Davies (5-7, 5.21)
Sat., 7:10 p.m. Phil Hughes (13-5, 3.92) S. O’Sullivan (1-3, 5.05)
Sun., 2:10 p.m. A.J. Burnett (9-9, 4.87) B. Bannister (7-11, 5.95)

As Kevin Rozell pointed out on his blog, this is the first series of a very easy stretch for the Yankees. I expect the Yankees to come away with wins in at least seven, hopefully eight, of their next 11 games. It all starts with a series victory against the Royals at worst.

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