May 14, 2006
After The Rangers
Next up for New York - the Texas Rangers for four games. But, after that, then it's off to Shea for three against the Mets and then up to Fenway for three against the Red Sox.
The Mets-Sox run starts on 5/19 and ends on 5/24.
For these 6 road games, as of now, it appears that it will be the following pitchers for the Yankees:
5/19 - Johnson
5/20 - Mussina
5/21 - Chacon
5/22 - Wang
5/23 - Wright (or Pavano?)
5/24 - Johnson
Funny, at this stage of the season, I actually wish that Johnson would not get two of these games.
Who will pitch against them? Here's a guess:
5/19 - Johnson vs. Bannister (or Gonzalez?)
5/20 - Mussina vs. Mango Pedro
5/21 - Chacon vs. Glavine
5/22 - Wang vs. Schilling
5/23 - Wright (or Pavano?) vs. Wakefield
5/24 - Johnson vs. Clement
Great, huh? Pedro, Glavine, Schilling and Wakefield - for four games in a row (all on the road).
Hard Right-Soft Left-Hard Right-and then really soft stuff......all from quality pitchers. Just great. That's the kind of variation that can put a team into a hitting slump for a while.
After these 6 games, the Yankees come home for three against the Royals and then go on the road for 7 games in 7 days. (A 3-game homestand? Who made out the schedule this year?)
Then, the Yankees come back home for 4 more games against the Red Sox.
When you look at what's coming up after the Rangers, it makes winning these games against the Rangers pretty darn important.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 14, 2006 11:14 PM
At least the Yanks get the Royals to visit afterwards, that should pull the team out of any funk. During yesterday's game, IIRC, Kay was saying that Johnson would face Pedro on Friday. To be taken with a grain of salt, I think.
Remember last year's trip to K.C.?