The New York Yankees started their season with a victory against Tampa Bay on April 2nd. Since then, the SatanFish have been victorious three times in a row in the season series, a humbling thought considering they are the owners of the worst record in the Major Leagues. As play resumes post-break, Andy Pettitte will mind the bump as he tries to shake himself out of a slump, having allowed 36 hits and 23 runs in his last last 20 1/3 innings including one horrific start against Oakland July first where he didn’t make it past the second inning. The Yankees have won once in his last four starts, that being his last outing when the Yankees out-slugged the Angels 14-9 to hide a dismal eight-run, five-inning effort.
James Shields gets the ball for Tampa Bay and has emerged as that team’s best starter; at 7-4, he is their only starter with a winning record and ERA below league average. The SatanFish have lost 13 of their previous 14 games with their last victory thrown by Shields against the Royals a week ago when he went 7 2/3, allowing four runs on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks. The Bombers have yet to face Shields this year.
The Yankees put together a couple of impressive offensive displays against the talented Angels prior to the break. Time to see if they can keep their mojo as play resumes and the Yankees kick off their second half with four games at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Lineups are in the extended; comment away.
|New York Yankees|
|J. Damon dh||.245/.339/.344|
|M. Cabrera cf||.275/.331/.385|
|D. Jeter ss||.336/.408/.463|
|A. Rodriguez 3b||.317/.413/.665|
|H. Matsui lf||.274/.358/.464|
|J. Posada c||.326/.399/.505|
|B. Abreu rf||.264/.352/.373|
|R. Cano 2b||.274/.314/.427|
|A. Phillips 1b||.316/.381/.474|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|A. Iwamura 3b||.292/.379/.436|
|C. Crawford lf||.285/.336/.445|
|B. Harris ss||.310/.365/.463|
|C. Pena 1b||.287/.395/.609|
|D. Young cf||.278/.308/.412|
|T. Wigginton dh||.269/.318/.441|
|J. Gomes rf||.278/.351/.534|
|D. Navarro c||.177/.238/.254|
|J. Wilson 2b||.267/.297/.350|