The Yankees return home to New York after a somewhat disappointing series in Chicago, culminated by a game that showed a bonanza of baserunners and a dearth of ability to bring the runs across. Fortunately, even after losing two out of three to the world champs they still have seven wins out of their last ten and remain three games up in the east.
Cory Lidle takes the mound for New York this evening. The pitcher who I have read to be described as "the dictionary definition of average" was anything but in his first start for New York last week, holding Toronto to four hits and only one run that came on a surprising solo shot from Ryan Roberts.
Joe Saunders has had three truly Angelic starts for Anaheim this season, each appearance a solid, seven inning outing. Over those three victories and 21 innings, he has scattered 12 hits and 3 earned runs, 8 walks, and 14 Ks. Batters are hitting a miniscule .164 against the lefty. It may be tough getting baserunners, let alone runs against this pitcher unseen by the Yankees, as he takes the mound for the LAA of Anaheim, who took two games out of three in the first meeting between these teams way back in the first week of the season.
Hopefully Jeter, ARod, Giambi and Posada will atone for their lack of production last night and knock the shine off of that halo. Comment away.