Sunday, April 18, 2010

Yankees heading to West Coast on high note

The New York Yankees are heading to the West Coast on a high note after winning their fourth series of the year with a sweep of the Texas Rangers.

The Yanks are now 9-3 on the year, thanks in large part to some fantastic pitching by their front three starters CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Andy Pettitte, who is proving age is just a number with another strong outing this afternoon. They've gotten some timely offense, particularly Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner at the bottom of the order, and a big bat from Robinson Cano, who looks very comfortable in the fifth hole.

The Yankees have no worries, aside from wondering if Javier Vazquez will get himself straightened out. Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira hit their first homers of the season, showing signs that they may finally be breaking out of their slumps. Even Derek Jeter getting sick and having to sit out a day didn't slow the Yanks down, with back-up Ramiro Pena stepping in with a clutch hit to put the Yanks on top for good today.

So after a day off, the Yankees will start a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics, who are surprising people with their tough play. They then head to Anaheim, where they have had trouble winning games in recent years, although this is a much different Angels team. Finally, they return to the East Coast for three games against the hapless Baltimore Orioles, who have won one game this season. With the Yankees running on all cylinders, I expect a successful road trip.

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