Cashman and the Yankee brass pulled off two trades that have been met with near-unanimous praise by media, fans and competitors. Today New York will see the debut of Bobby Abreu patrolling right field at The Stadium as Toronto comes to town for a three game set. He will wear jersey #53 as he did in Philadelphia, that number having been given over by Larry Bowa who took it knowingly when he joined the Yankees. Craig Wilson, the other recent addition to the New York battery, is not in the lineup tonight.
Right-hander A.J. Burnett takes the mound for the Jays. Although his record is 2-4, one of those two victories came against New York on July 21st at the Rogers Centre in Toronto where A.J. threw a solid 7.1 inning, 6 hit, 3 run performance. Toronto took three of four in that series and was nipping at the Yanks’ heels but dropped back after losing five of seven against Seattle and Oakland since we last met our feathered Canadian rivals. Abreu has an excellent record facing Burnett in the NL East: 12 for 31, .387/.500/.548 lifetime.
Jaret Wright looks to continue his winning ways after his mildly surprising 5.1 inning performance against Texas last week, the surprising part being that the number is larger than 5. Wright has not pitched into the seventh inning in seventeen starts this season and is averaging 4.73 innings per appearance.
It’s the first of August, and it looks like a tough month on paper. It’s one hour to game time, and time to see if Cashman’s work starts paying dividends. Comment away.