The New York Yankees took two of three games from the Seattle Mariners in the Bronx over the weekend; and now are just three games deep into a 20-game stretch as they are now in Detroit to face the Tigers for a four game set.
Now this year in Detroit it has been a different story.
Coming into 2012 as the heavy division favorites, the Tigers stumbled through the first-half of the season. But thanks to improved play, and a weak AL Central they now trail the Chicago White Sox by just a 1.5-games.
The Tigers are coming in hot as they are on a four-game win streak; and are fresh off a walk-off win yesterday, courtesy of a Miguel Cabrera homer in the 10th inning. Oh and the Tigers haven’t lost in Comerica in their last eight games either so home field lends some comfort.
Here are the pitching match-ups for the four-game set:
Probable Pitchers (NYY vs. DET)
|108||Monday, Aug 6||@DET||7:05 PM||Nova vs. Veralnder|
|109||Tuesday, Aug 7||@DET||7:05 PM||Hughes vs. Porcello|
|110||Wednesday, Aug 8||@DET||7:05 PM||Sabathia vs. Sanchez|
|111||Thursday, Aug 9||@DET||1:05 PM||Kuroda vs. Fister|
Call me cynical but I think a better word is concerned as the Yankees are coming into this series stumbling a bit as they haven’t been at their sharpest over the last two weeks.
Fact is since July 18th, the Bombers have lost 10 of 16 games and lost series to the Red Sox, Orioles and Athletics. Four of the six wins were also against the Mariners, which is not comforting.
If you thing I am the only person worried about the state of the Yankees, you would be mightily mistaken.
So, I compiled a list of some good reads for Yankee fans out there, like my father who is already talking World Series and such.
State Of The Yankees 16: Needed Series Win Over Seattle Has Yankees On Road With Positive Momentum – Brad Carroll’s Gameday
Yankees’ situational stats are reason to sweat – NY Post
Past collapses show Yanks’ lead is not insurmountable - Hardball Blog, NY Post
Yankees pregame: The injured come into focus – LoHod Yankees Blog
New York Yankees: Why Fans Need to Be Patient with This Year’s Team – Bleacher Report
New York Yankees: Surviving August Schedule – LadyLovesPinstripes.com
Injury updates on A-Rod and Andy Pettitte – NY Daily News
If anything I hope this adds some perspective to the many delusional Yankee fans out there, as after this Tigers series they face the Blue Jays, Rangers, Red Sox and White Sox all in a row so things don’t get easier, anytime soon.
Fact is the Yankees need to play better baseball now to stay atop the AL East.