Can New York Yankees Carry Impressive Homestand Into Colorado?
Beginning with a four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees then took the series against the Houston Astros. Although they lost two to the A’s, the Yankees finished the homestand 7-3 amid what seems like daily new injuries cropping up.
With a day off on Monday, the Yankees will then begin an eight-game road trip where they’ll face the Colorado Rockies, the Kansas City Royals, and make up the two postponed games from an earlier Cleveland Indians series. It is imperative that the Yankees take advantage of their momentum and bring it on the road with them so they can take these series against the Rockies and the Royals, who are both still playing well after their solid season starts.
The new team alignment that necessitates one interleague series a week means that teams who rarely face each other can come together, and this is the case with the Yankees and Rockies.
Not only have the Yankees barely played the Rockies, they have played them only twice in Colorado, and the last time the Yanks were at Coors Field in 2007, the Rockies swept the series. The Yankees are not always great at facing teams they are not used to, in addition to having to get used to the thin Colorado air.
Hopefully, they can carry their momentum as a team and let some home runs fly out of Coors Field.
The first game of the series will be an interesting matchup. Hiroki Kuroda, who is so far having a consistent and quality season with four consecutive wins, will be facing the lefty Jorge De La Rosa. Kuroda will have to continue his success and the Yankees lineup, which is significantly less effective against left-handed pitching, will have to put up some numbers.
The next two games will feature starts by David Phelps, who is coming off a decent first start in which he gave up four runs in 5.2 innings, and C.C. Sabathia, who had a solid start last time out but is still looking slightly different from his usually dominant self.
After the Rockies, the Yankees will have to face the Royals and the Indians, and if they can keep playing hard and getting great help from the bullpen, they can come away from this road trip with a winning record.
Holly Berkowitz is a New York Yankees writer for rantsports.com. Follow her on Twitter @hollyberry9118.