September 23, 2005
The Series This Weekend
It would be in the best interests of the Yankees to win this current series against the Blue Jays - because I believe that the Red Sox are going to have issues this weekend in Baltimore.
Look at the Sox-O's pitching match-ups.
It's Arroyo-Cabrera tonight. Arroyo is a better pitcher on the road this season (compared to at Fenway). But, he's not had luck this year against the Orioles. Cabrera is a much better pitcher at home (than on the road) and he's been having a super September. This game is not a slam dunk for the Red Sox.
Tomorrow, it's Clement-Bedard. Since the All-Star break, and especially this month, Clement has been a turd. While Bedard has been a better pitcher at home than on the road this year, he's been bad after the All-Star break as well. This one could be a slug-fest that will be determined by the bullpens. That's not a Boston strength.
The Red Sox should win on Sunday. That's Wells-Maine. Wells has been bad on the road this season, and has the knee issue, but, he's great this season pitching in Camden Yards. Plus, he loves the big game.
With the chances being in favor of the Red Sox losing 2 of 3 this weekend, the Yankees will serve themselves well to win 2 of 3 and get a nice 2-game lead heading into the season's final 7 games.
With the Sox heading back to Fenway to finish their year, this could be the one chance to pad the lead before the big show-down 7 days from now.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at September 23, 2005 11:47 AM
"Arroyo-Cabrera" sounds like a great exclamation, an extended Oy carumba.
We also need starters to go deep, and the hitters to pile up the runs so Mo can get some rest.
Posted by: rbj at September 23, 2005 12:54 PM
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at September 23, 2005 01:55 PM
We need middle relief to be effective. Proctor, Felix Rodriguez, Embree, Franklin, Leiter, SOMEBODY needs to step up, just in case a starter falters
Posted by: Raf at September 23, 2005 03:30 PM
Maybe Small can help settle things down coming out of the pen.
Posted by: Jen at September 23, 2005 03:43 PM
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at September 23, 2005 04:02 PM