The New York Yankees are hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates for three games over two days due to Friday’s rain prompting a Sunday, single-game ticket doubleheader. This means there is only 30 minutes between games, thank God the Yankees have an off-day on Monday.
Here are 15 things to note before the Yankees start playing their third inter-league series in a row.
– The Yankees are in second place in the AL East with a 21-19 record.
– Better in the Bronx? Not in 2014, as this team is 12-9 away from the Stadium and below .500 at home at 9-10.
– The Yankees batting average with RISP at home is .181, which is bad.
– In their last 7 home games, the Yankees are 1-6.
– Against NL teams, they are 5-4 and the sole AL East team yet to play a game vs. the AL Central.
– As of today, the Yankees have a -13 run differential, which is the worst in the AL East.
– But the Orioles (-5), Red Sox (-3), and Rays (-12) also have negative run differentials while the Blue Jays have +9. Clearly, overall run production across the board compared to years past.
– The Yankees gave-up 32 runs during their four-game losing streak this past week.
– Carlos Beltran is officially on the 15-DL; as evidently the cortisone shot for the bone spurs found in his right elbow did not take. Next up, a visit to Dr. James Andrews, which could mean surgery that, would keep Beltran out for two months. Losing Beltran’s bat is going to sting.
– But on the bright side, Yangervis Solarte has a .429 batting average with three homers and 10 RBIs over his last 10-games.
– Hal “the baby Boss” Steinbrenner addressed the recent pitching injuries this past Wednesday by stating, “…we’re not going to ever lay down and die. We’re going to do what we need to do to stay in.” (NY Post) I knew Hal had more of his Dad in him initially thought.
– The Pirates have two ex-Yankees catchers on their current roster, Russell Martina and Chris Stewart. Fans liked Martin, but with him on the DL and know one caring about Stewart’s return, the booing prediction meter will be not necessary.
– If history predicts anything, the Yankees should win this series, as they are 7-2 all-time vs. Pirates, and 6-0 in the Bronx.