Monday, June 30, 2014

What to watch for in this series against the Tampa Bay Rays

We all know what to expect when the Bombers play the Rays, usually 2 things happen:

1. There will be a pitching duel at least once in this series
2. Evan Longoria will hit a home run

Now that we got that out of the way, what else is there?

For the first game on our hands we have Chris Archer vs David Phelps. Seems innocent enough, usually Archer dominates the Yanks, albeit a very small sample.

The main thing I'll be watching for this whole series is the middle game of the series, the starters for that game are David Price and Hiroki Kuroda. Here are a few reasons:

-It'll be crucial to see if Kuroda can continue some semblance of what he has been pitching like recently. I think the days of last year Kuroda are over. We may get glimpses from time to time, but Girardi isn't putting him on the Andy Pettitte pitch count for fun and games. He is trying to prevent another September melt down.
-This is just pure speculation on my part, but say in this game, David Price shuts out the Yankees in the Bronx. Sure, we've seen Price do this a ton of times to the Yanks, not shut outs, but just complete dominance at times. With the state of the current rotation, I can't be the only one that thinks Cashman or Hal will see this and overreact. It wouldn't be the first time either for an overreaction from the front office.

Personally, I don't think the Yankees have enough attractive pieces to land Price over the Red Sox. But, weirder things have happened in baseball and it wouldn't shock me in the slightest to see this happen. I wouldn't want it to happen, I've been waiting for this team to fall back to Earth since the beginning of last season. This team just baffles me that they stay at .500.

All that said, everybody enjoy the series!

The Yankees stand 2GB the Blue Jays for 1st place and .5GB the O's for 2nd place. Need to start racking up wins before the All-Star Break.

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