After taking three out of four from the Seattle Mariners, the New York Yankees have looked very strong on their west coast swing so far. The offense has struggled, but New York has still found ways to win, mostly through a series of strong starts by their pitchers. However, the road will only get tougher as they go.
It starts with the Oakland Athletics tomorrow. The A’s have a talented young team, complete with both strong hitting and pitching. Former Yankee Bartolo Colon will take the mound against C.C. Sabathia, and he is pitching well this season,even at the age of 40. His seven wins are good for sixth in the American League, and he also leads the AL in complete games.
Next, the Yankees will play three against the lethal offense of the Los Angeles Angels in Los Angeles. Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, and Albert Pujols will all be players to watch for that series as they are exceptional hitters. The Angels always seem to play well against the Yankees, so they will have to play hard to win this series.
Afterwards, the Yankees will return to New York to play the Los Angeles Dodgers, who suddenly seem to have some life with the outstanding debut of outfielder Yasiel Puig. The Yankees need to be prepared for this series as well, because the Dodgers are much better than their 27-35 record suggests. With so much talent on their roster, they could very well break out at any time.
The Yankees need to be careful on this west coast swing. They are playing against three excellent teams with a struggling offense, and they play two of those teams on the road. If those bats don’t come alive, they could be in trouble.