The New York Yankees have gotten past the tough stretch of games to begin the second half of their season, and now have to take advantage of the easier schedule that is in front of them. They just had 12 straight games against teams with winning records, lost three series and split a two-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Now, still on the west coast, they begin August against the San Diego Padres, who are nine games under .500. The Yanks have C.C. Sabathia on the mound, who has a 12.60 ERA in his past two starts. He is looking to get back on track against the Padres; he is 3-0 with a 2.12 in four starts against them in his career.
The Yankees will also get a huge boost to the lineup as Curtis Granderson is scheduled to be back with the Bombers for tonight’s game. The addition of Granderson will add much-needed power to a team that has not lived up to their prestigious nickname.
The team is basically completely healthy now that Grandy is supposedly back. Of course, Alex Rodriguez is the other major name that is still rehabbing, but I’m not expecting to see him in pinstripes this year, if ever again.
So, with a newly-bolstered roster, the Yankees must put a hurting on a team that is fourth in the weak NL West. The Yanks are also in fourth in the AL East, which is the best division in baseball, but can make up some ground in the standings facing the Padres.
They face the Chicago White Sox next, a team that has struggled all year. The White Sox are a miserable 40-66 and if the Yanks want to make a playoff run, the sprint starts now.