By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on April 14, 2014
Two of America's most popular baseball teams will be throwing down this week in an early season interleague showdown from the Big Apple. The Chicago Cubs (4-8) are coming off of two straight losses, while the New York Yankees (7-6) are winners of two straight.
Here's a look at the TV schedule, pitching matchups, key offensive players and a prediction for the two-game series from the Bronx:
Anthony Rizzo is really coming along nicely for the Northsiders. He's off to a great start, hitting .319 with eight RBI through 12 games. He'll have to continue carrying the Cubs offense if they're going to have any chance at getting some tough road wins in New York.
Also keep an eye on the red hot Emilio Bonifacio, who's still hitting .392 after 51 at bats this season.
Alfonso Soriano is heating up after a slow first week. The veteran has gone yard three times over the past seven days, and you know he'll be eager to stick it to his former team.
Also, keep an eye on Derek Jeter. He was benched over the weekend, but it appears that it was just a move to rest the 39-year old. So far he's hitting .286 on his farewell tour.
Game 1: Jason Hammel (2-0, 2.63 ERA)
Game 2: Travis Wood (0-1, 2.92 ERA)
Game 1: Marahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21 ERA)
Game 2: Michael Pineda (1-1, 1.50 ERA)
Game 1: Cubs (CSN), Yankees (MY9)
Game 2: Cubs (WGN), Yankees (YES)
Let's be honest, two-game series aren't that great. They always leave the door open for a possible split, and that's exactly what I believe will happen in this one between the Cubs and Yanks. Either team has played well consistently so far in 2014, which shouldn't surprise either fan base.
Give me the Yankees in game one behind a strong outing from Tanaka, and give me the Cubs in game two behind yet another solid performance from Wood.
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