Two days later, I’m still a little pumped up from Sunday’s walk-off win. From Derek Jeter’s home run on the first pitch he saw to Alfonso Soriano’s walkout, not to mention the New York Yankees came away with a huge win to avoid being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays.
After the quick three-game home stand against the Rays, the Yankees now hit the road for a long three-city, eight-game West Coast swing with a little bit of the Windy City thrown in at the end.
Apart from the first two games of the trip, a two-game series against the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers starting on Tuesday, in which the Yankees’ weak offense will be pitted against Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, I’d say the remaining six games should fair in the Yankees’ favor.
After their set in Tinsel Town, will head on over to Petco Park for a weekend series against the San Diego Padres. The Padres were playing very well up until the past couple of weeks and were even above .500, threatening to take over first place in the NL West, until their struggles of late, entering play on Tuesday with a 49-58 record, fourth in the West.
With the lack of power, the Yanks won’t be losing much while playing in the spacious Petco Park, but they are expected to have Curtis Granderson back for that series.
Then after that series finishes up on Sunday, they’ll end the trip on the Southside of Chicago with three games against the Chicago White Sox, a team deemed to be sellers for tomorrow’s trading deadline.
Chicago nearly came away division winners in 2012, but has badly underachieved this season, coming into play 23 games under .500 and in dead last in the AL Central. The White Sox are expected to deal Jake Peavy at any given moment and Alex Rios might be heading out the door with him.
It’ll be the first time the Yankees face the White Sox this season, and if my understanding of the standing are correct, the Yankees should be able to have themselves a good series in Chicago, before coming back home August 9 to face the Detroit Tigers.
As I wrote a few days ago, winning the division might just be out the window for the Yankees at this point, but the Wild Card isn’t out of the question, but taking care of the easy game on this road-trip is a must.
Gavin Ewbank is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow @GavinEwbank2013 on Twitter for more Yankees talk.