The Yankees welcome the San Diego Padres into the 21st century that is known as the American League tonight. One wonders if the Pads will ride into town in horse-drawn carriages.
With the minor hiccup of losing their # 1 starter for pretty much the rest of the year, the Yankees return from their West Coast & Southern swing undoubtedly trending up. Since A-Rod’s return on May 20, the Yankees are 17-9 (with A-Rod batting .366 in that stretch). In the 9 games Posada has played in since his June 5 return, they are 6-3 with Posada batting .364 and an OBP of .548.
And interleague play is always welcome in the Bronx. As they get ready for almost 2 weeks more of interleague fun, the Yankees have the best interleague record in the majors (116-81). Besides, who doesn’t want to see Trevor Hoffman and Mariano exchanging recipes?
The Yanks face Randy Wolf tonight, who has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 5 consecutive starts. In his last three starts he has thrown 20.0 innings and allowed just 1 ER/game. But he hasn’t faced a Yankee line-up that is firing on all cylinders and, in an encouraging sign for NY’s mostly-lefty lineup, opposing lefties are hitting .316 off Wolf this year and he’s sporting a road ERA of 5.31.
Meanwhile, after a brief shaky stretch that included a horrifying 10 ER game two starts ago, Pettitte takes the mound coming off his best start of the season (8.0 IP vs. Oakland, 5 H, 1 ER) and vying for sole possession of 3rd place in all time wins as a Yankee pitcher.
Turn off those gaslamps, park your new-fangled bicycles, and get over to the Bronx for some good old-fashioned fun. (Some day maybe someone will invent a way to follow these games without having to actually be there.)