In this short homestand’s last series, the New York Yankees face off against the Toronto Blue Jays in the Bronx, for a three game set just one week after a two-game set in Toronto. The Yankees swept that series, earning a win from Andy Pettitte and Alfredo Aceves, while one of those wins came at the expense of Roy Halladay.
The Yankees are 7-2 against the Blue Jays this season and are on fire after a 4-game sweep of the Red Sox and are riding a 7-game win streak. Toronto has won its last two, but has only managed to win 4 of their last 10. The Yankees are 18-5 since the All-Star break, compared to the Blue Jays 9-11 record.
The Yankees really seem to be all about pitching as of late. The pitching staff kept the Red Sox Scoreless for more then 28 innings this past weekend, allowing their great lineup only 4 runs total.
Sergio Mitre will most likely be pitching for his career tonight. The veteran has had multiple chances in his career to make it in the big leagues but unfortunately the experience does not seem to have paid off. In his last outing, also against the Blue Jays, he allowed 8 hits and 3 runs in 4 1/3 innings. If he does not pitch well, I will not be surprised to see someone else brough up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Fortunately for the Yankees, CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte had long outings on Saturday and Sunday, allowing the bullpen some rest. They will most likely be needed the next two games with Mitre and Chamberlain. (Joba Rules state that he cannot pitch more then 100 pitches, give or take. Limiting him to 5-7 innings.)
Monday: LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-3, 3.74) vs. RHP Sergio Mitre (1-0, 7.50), 7:05 p.m. YES
Tuesday: RHP Scott Richmond (6-6, 3.97) vs. RHP Joba Chamberlain (8-2, 3.73), 7:05 p.m. MY9
Wednesday: LHP Ricky Romero (10-5, 3.66) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.67), 1:05 p.m. YES
Hat tip to Peter Abraham for Pitching Matchups.