Cubs / Yankees – Series Preview
Series Pitching Matchups
Doug Davis vs. Freddy Garcia
Davis threw 108 pitches over five innings in his last start against the Phillies and walked five. He admitted he made things harder on himself by trying to be too picky with his pitch selection. He can’t afford to do that vs. the Yankees. Garcia bounced back from a 1 2/3-inning outing against Boston to pitch 6 2/3 strong innings in a win Sunday against Cleveland. He is holding opposing hitters to a .231 average with runners in scoring position on the season.
Ryan Dempster vs. A.J. Burnett
Dempster pitched a gem in his last start against the Brewers, throwing seven shutout innings. He also struck out seven. Dempster is 0-2 in three career starts against the Yankees. Burnett went 7 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on five hits in a 1-0 loss to the Indians in his last start. It was his third outing allowing just one run, and he has not been the winning pitcher in any of them.
Randy Wells vs. C.C. Sabathia
Wells did not get a decision in his last start against the Brewers, giving up three runs on eight hits over six innings and striking out two. This will be his fifth start since coming off the disabled list, and first ever against the Yankees. Sabathia followed the trend of bouncing back after a rough outing against Boston and held Texas to four runs over seven innings in his last start, his fifth win in his last six starts.
Jason Rosenberg Scouts the Yankees
Who’s Hot – It seems as if the entire lineup is hitting these days as the entire lineup is batting a robust .289 / .372 / .480 with 21 home runs and averaging 5.6 runs per game in the month of June.Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira are tied with Jose Bautista for the AL lead in home runs with 21 each. The hottest Yankee right now, however, might come as a surprise as Brett Gardner is posting a ridiculous .425 / .489 / .600 for the month (thanks to a crazy high BABIP of .486). Likewise, once-cold Jorge Posada is also having a strong June with an eerie similar line as Gardner: .415 / .432 / .512 (and an identical BABIP of .486).
Who’s Not – The Yankee backstops. Russell Martin, who has been better than Yanks fans could have hoped, has been struggling with injuries the last week or two, forcing manager Joe Girardi to give Francisco Cervelli more playing time than he rightly deserves, much to the chagrin of Brien Jackson. Martin has played in only six games this month and hasn’t been effective even when playing. A DL stint is not out of the question. Speaking of which, Derek Jeter’s chase to 3,000 hits remains on hold as he recovers from a Grade 1 calf strain.
News / Notes – The Yanks pitching staff has taken a few hits lately as rotation savior (yeah, I said it) Bartolo Colon is on the DL and Ivan Nova has been varying degrees of erratic and mediocre. However, that’s not an issue as the Yanks will be able to trot out CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Freddy Garcia. Coming off an impressive sweep of the Texas Rangers, the Yanks are feeling good and ready to invade friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
Prediction for the series – The Yanks are rolling right now, having won six of their last seven, and get to face off against Doug Davis (0-5), Ryan Dempster (5-5) and Randy Wells (0-1). For the Yanks, winning two of these three is almost expected. Anything less would be a disappointment.
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