Monday, July 16, 2007

Yankees vs. Blue Jays Preview

The Yankees open a 3 game series tonight with the team they have been playing leapfrog with for 2nd place in the AL East. Toronto has started to get healthy again. Reed Johnson and Greg Zaun are back after long stays on the DL. But their season has been similar to the Yankees in their inconsistency. They went 14-13 in June and are 6-5 in July.

Pitching Probables

Monday -
Josh Towers (4-5, 5.07) vs. Kei Igawa (2-2, 7.14)

The Yankees propaganda machine is at it again. Ron Guidry raved about Igawa's command during his recent bullpen sessions. So much so that Joe Torre checked it out and agreed with Gator's assessment. Our take? Big deal. This is no different than the big slugger who hits every ball out of the park in batting practice and then whiffs 3 times in the game. We'll believe it when we see it.

Tuesday - Roy Halladay (10-4, 4.66) vs. Andy Pettitte (5-6, 4.27)

The Yankees are going to need a big start out of Pettitte, because Doc Halladay is murder against the Yankees. He's had 21 starts against the Yankees, fashioning a 9-4 record with a 3.09 ERA.

Wednesday - Shaun Marcum (5-3, 3.68) vs. Roger Clemens (2-2, 4.20)

The Yankees need to Clemens to do a lot better than his performance against the Devil Rays.

Thursday - Dustin McGowan (5-5, 5.05) vs. Chien-Ming Wang (10-4, 3.43)

When reporters referred to Wang as the ace of the staff, Torre said Clemens and Pettitte might have something to say about that. If they did, they better be in agreement.

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Alex Rios, who made it to the finals of the HR Derby this past Tuesday is blossoming into the player the Jays always hoped for. He leads the team in average, HR, RBI, runs scored, and stolen bases.

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