I don’t know about you, but these old school west coast trips almost feel like the off season to me. I can barely stay up to watch any of the night games (I have to get up early for work) and by the time these afternoon weekend games come around, I feel like I’ve completely lost touch with the team. For those of us who need an update, here’s a run down of who’s hot and who’s not on this road trip. Russel Martin has just 1 hit in his last 22 ABs, though he has drawn 3 BB. Derek has had a nice trip, collecting 9 hits and 7 BB and raising his OBP from .308 to .329. Brett Gardner has done nothing this trip, collecting just 3 hits and 1 BB in 24 PAs. Nick Swisher has really started to come around, collecting a hit in 6 of his past 7 games with an additional 8 BBs. The rest of the lineup has pretty much maintained their season averages except for Jorge Posada, who must be on borrowed time at this point.
In this afternoon’s contest, Bartolo Colon returns to his old Cy Young winning stomping grounds for just the second time since he left in 2007. Let’s hope he repeats that last performance, which was outstanding (6.2 IP 1R). Facing the Yanks is Joel Pineiro, who has had mixed results (3-5 4.04 ERA 1.382 WHIP) in his career facing the Yanks.
In other Yankee news, the rotation has been shuffled as expected. With the off day on Monday, CC will face the Red Sox on Thursday with an extra day of rest and Nova has been bumped back to Friday facing Cleveland. Had they stayed on turn, CC would have faced CLE.
Here’s your lineup, courtesy of Chad Jennings over at LoHud:
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
With the day game after a night game, Cervelli gets the start over Martin. GO YANKS!!!!
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