The New York Yankees will begin a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday night, and it is a very important one for the Bronx Bombers, as they currently stand with a 56-51 record, which is good enough for fourth place in the AL East. That will not cut it for the Yankees, who have high expectations every season regardless of who is on the roster. On a positive note, they are 3.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the Wild Card chase, so that is something they can aim for. With all of the injuries and re-injuries that keep repeatedly happening, that is not a bad position to be in.
No offense to the Padres, but they don’t have the best team in the MLB. This series is a important one for the Yankees and a sweep will be pivotal. New York split a two-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week, but this time around, they look to sweep this upcoming series, or at least take two out of three.
On Friday night, the Yankees will send big fella CC Sabathia to the mound in pursuit of a win, and he will go up against Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner. Just in case you have not been following closely, Cashner has had a better year than Sabathia. Cashner has a 7-5 record with a 3.88 ERA, and Sabathia has a 9-9 record with a 4.65 ERA, which by my his standards are pathetic. Hiroki Kuroda has been the Yankees’ ace this season, not Sabathia. This year, Kuroda has a stat line of a 10-6 record and a 2.38 ERA, which is very dominant considering he is 38 years of age.
New York will be depending on Sabathia to come through with an excellent start, and I believe that will be the case. We will see the old Sabathia we all know and love, and he will carry the Yankees to a win tonight.
You can follow Reece Helms on Twitter at: @Reece_Helms.